Swans
Young God


4.0
excellent

Review

by BMDrummer USER (52 Reviews)
May 25th, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As to be expected with early Swans, Young God proves to be one of the cruelest, heaviest, and most brutal releases in their catalog.

Cop was probably one of the heaviest, noisiest, and cruelest albums to ever be released. As Allmusic said, early Swans really did sound like nothing before or since, and their evolution would continually prove this. With the brutal, unforgiving beginnings of Filth, the melodic nature of White Light From the Mouth of Infinity, or the just plain indescribable Soundtracks for the Blind, Swans are a band that seems to have done it all. While their later days are arguably more interesting, their brutal days shouldn’t be ignored. Young God is perhaps the epitome of this early sound, with the loudest, noisiest, and cruelest songs in their catalog.

For those who followed Swans from the beginning, up to this release, it shouldn’t quite come as a surprise the way it sounds. It’s dominated by pounding drums and bass, guitar feedback, and Michael Gira’s bloodcurdling vocals. Although, there is some evolution to be found within. While Filth generally had the feel of a punk rock album, with slightly slower tempos and noise spread all around, Young God is more focused on using drones to create a densely layered atmosphere that reeks of disgust and vileness. All four songs are based around one riff that is often being played at a frighteningly crawling pace. This is best exemplified by the title track and “Raping a Slave” in particular, with the latter arguably being one of the heaviest songs ever made.

While being somewhat interesting, Young God is more or less the companion piece to Cop. The volume might’ve been raised, the tempos slowed down a slight bit, and Gira might’ve adopted a bit of a different approach to singing, but that’s really it in terms of evolution. While it does seem like just another aggressive Swans album, the influence level is of course tremendous, but musically it is very well put together and enjoyable, if you can tolerate their use of noise. So overall, Young God is more or less a continuation of Cop, but by adding in more drones and a slightly different approach to Gira’s singing, it shows small signs of evolution.



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BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


14374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Another three days, another review. Since this needed a review, figured I would write this up. Feedback is welcome as always!

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


14374 Comments

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I have other things on my platter for now so don't worry.

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Still need to do that, but right now I have Hellbastard, Dinosaur Jr, Big Black, (other) Flaming Lips stuff, Jesus Lizard, and maybe Godspeed's first EP.

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Haha just kidding

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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That's your stuff right?

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Maybe I'll try, but hopefully it doesn't end up like Dry Satire.

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Still need someone to review my old band too, but I'm worried about the flagged review being a 1 tbh

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Already did months ago, to no avail

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Will do

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Yeah, the band ended anyways. When I do something else though, I'll try for sure that time.

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Blue Mist, caused a lot of controversy on my part once though. It's all instrumental prog, psychedelic, post-rock kind of stuff.

FruityCatOfDoom
May 25th 2014


2218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been working my way through their discography in anticipation of To Be Kind. Definitely need to check this out. Nice review.

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


14374 Comments

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Thx

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2014


14091 Comments


terrible review smh

Digging: XTC - Black Sea

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


14374 Comments

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Yeah sure, I'll check it out in a bit

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Who negged my review?

BMDrummer
May 25th 2014


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Yeah I guess. It just annoys me when people will neg and make my reviews look bad like when 3 of 4 gave it a pos.

InbredJed
May 26th 2014


6572 Comments


I am a fan of Swans, and I am a fan of BMD.


well done.

yep123
June 24th 2014


256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Raping A Slave is one of Gira's best.

adr
November 12th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is scary



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