Sunday 17 November 2013

Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea

'Public Castration Is A Good Idea'

Genre/s: Industrial, No Wave, Noise Rock
For Fans Of: Godflesh, Jesu, Sunn, Mars,

Swans are the heaviest band on the planet, fact. Their new stuff may be post-rock/folk tinged, but one cannot simply deny the ground shaking fury that was 1980s era Swans. Case in point, Public Castration Is A Good Idea. This live album sounds like the apocalypse - you can basically hear the venue this was recorded shaking. The percussion heavy, rhythmically driven monster that is Swans lurches through the 8 tracks on this album, with Michael Gira's intense drawling/moaning and shouting the driving force behind their repetitous barrage of sound and texture. Swan' stripped back, less-is-more approach to music is a brutal and primal force to behold, and this album is a perfect example of their darkest, most cathartic era.

1. Money Is Flesh
2. Fool
3. A Screw
4. Anything for You
5. Coward
6. A Hanging
7. Stupid Child
8. Another You