After some very noisy beginnings, Swans were hitting a few bumps in the road. Holy Money in particular though, showed some interesting evolution away from the intense noise and into something more. Children of God masters every single aspect of this though, with Swans crafting their first true masterpiece. The lyrics aren't about violent murder or sex anymore, but more based on religion and questioning, hence the title. Jarboe in particular sounds much more in place here, with her voice beautifully gliding over the softer songs. Certain songs still maintain noisy aspects, but it sounds much more streamlined and patient. Overall, Children of God is Swans first masterpiece, and one of the best albums of the 80s that sadly goes unnoticed. This isn't metal, but it's certainly heavier than a lot of the other things I've heard in my life.