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7th Nov '17 4:03:56 PM dekani__
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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "A Piece of the Sky" and "Apostate" both have over 10 minutes of music before any actual singing.

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "A Piece of the Sky" and Sky", "Apostate" both and "Frankie M" all have over 10 minutes of music before any actual singing.
10th Oct '17 7:03:49 PM SinNanna
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* TextlessAlbumCover: All of their post-reformation albums.
10th Oct '17 7:00:19 PM SinNanna
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* MinimalisticCoverArt: Swans often goes for this, especially with the trilogy of ''The Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and ''The Glowing Man'', each of which features a single image against a blank background (Specifically, a weird creature resembling a fox on ''The Seer'', a crying baby on ''To Be Kind'', and a weird symbol resembling an arm on ''The Glowing Man'').m

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* MinimalisticCoverArt: Swans often goes for this, especially with the trilogy of ''The Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and ''The Glowing Man'', each of which features a single image against a blank background (Specifically, a weird creature resembling a fox on ''The Seer'', a crying baby on ''To Be Kind'', and a weird symbol resembling an arm on ''The Glowing Man'').m
10th Oct '17 6:58:53 PM SinNanna
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* MinimalistCoverArt: Swans often goes for this, especially with the trilogy of ''The Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and ''The Glowing Man'', each of which features a single image against a blank background (Specifically, a weird creature resembling a fox on ''The Seer'', a crying baby on ''To Be Kind'', and a weird symbol resembling an arm on ''The Glowing Man'').m

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* MinimalistCoverArt: MinimalisticCoverArt: Swans often goes for this, especially with the trilogy of ''The Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and ''The Glowing Man'', each of which features a single image against a blank background (Specifically, a weird creature resembling a fox on ''The Seer'', a crying baby on ''To Be Kind'', and a weird symbol resembling an arm on ''The Glowing Man'').m
10th Oct '17 6:56:16 PM SinNanna
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The band's fourteenth studio album, ''The Glowing Man'', will be released on June 17, 2016.

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The band's fourteenth studio album, ''The Glowing Man'', will be was released on June 17, 2016.



* MetalScream: Some of their earlier work had this, such as the song "Young God." It still shows up sometimes in their more recent work; "Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture" and "Oxygen" from ''To Be Kind'' both contain some examples near the end.

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* MetalScream: Some of their earlier work had this, such as the song "Young God." It still shows up sometimes in their more recent work; "Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture" and "Oxygen" "Nathalie Neal" from ''To Be Kind'' both contain some examples near the end.


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* MinimalistCoverArt: Swans often goes for this, especially with the trilogy of ''The Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and ''The Glowing Man'', each of which features a single image against a blank background (Specifically, a weird creature resembling a fox on ''The Seer'', a crying baby on ''To Be Kind'', and a weird symbol resembling an arm on ''The Glowing Man'').m


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* NightmareFace: The cover of ''The Seer'', which features a grinning, beady-eyed fox/wolf thing surrounded by darkness.
3rd Oct '17 10:06:46 PM SinNanna
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* TheAlcoholic: Michael Gira is one, and wrote "Blind" and "Alcohol the Seed" about it.

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* TheAlcoholic: Michael Gira is one, one (currently in recovery), and wrote "Blind" and "Alcohol the Seed" about it.
21st Sep '17 9:52:13 PM SinNanna
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* TheAlcoholic: Michael Gira is one, and wrote "Blind" and "Alcohol the Seed" about it.



* BoleroEffect: They frequently make use of crescendos, especially in their later work. They're probably at least partially responsible for the prevalance of this in PostRock.



* SongStyleShift: Frequently with their longest tracks. "A Piece of the Sky" goes from ominous drone, to grim post-rock, to wistful country folk over the span of 19 minutes.
* SopranoAndGravel: Jarboe can do this by herself, which is best seen on "I Crawled", where she goes from spoken word, to OneWomanWail, to MetalScream.



* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "In My Garden" and "Song for a Warrior" come to mind. And then there's ''The Burning World'', a surprisingly gentle album.

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* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "In My Garden" and "Song for a Warrior" come to mind. And then there's ''The Burning World'', a surprisingly gentle album. "Blind" is another example, but the beautiful instrumentation is accompanied by some of Gira's most depressing lyrics.
21st Sep '17 9:42:56 PM SinNanna
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* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Repeatedly on ''Soundtracks for the Blind'', most notably with "Volcano", an EDM track about stalking and cannibalism, and "Yum Yab Killers", a live HardcorePunk track.


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* ObsessionSong: A pretty big chunk of their discography could count. "Volcano" is especially disturbing in this respect.


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* SurvivalMantra: "I'm alive" is sung repeatedly in "When Will I Return", seemingly to invoke this.
19th Sep '17 2:43:27 AM SinNanna
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** ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' can basically be described as this band's White Album. It's two and a half hours long, has over two dozen tracks, and covers genres ranging from industrial, dark ambient, and post-rock to folk, hardcore punk, and even ''dance music''. It also contains lots of both EpicRocking and MinisculeRocking and frequent MoodWhiplash as well.



* ILoveTheDead: "Not Alone" is a somewhat ambiguous if intensely disturbing example, also "Killing for Company."

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* ILoveTheDead: "Not Alone" is a somewhat ambiguous if intensely disturbing example, also "Killing for Company."Company", which is based on a real life SerialKiller.
9th Sep '17 1:53:22 PM MarkLungo
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* CoverVersion: A handful, notably Music/JoyDivision's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and ''Blind Faith'''s "Can't Find My Way Home."
** Gira and Jarboe's side project (The World of) Skin did a few more, such as ''Julie London'''s "Cry Me a River" and an [[RearrangeTheSong acoustic version]] of Music/TheStooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

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* CoverVersion: A handful, notably Music/JoyDivision's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and ''Blind Faith'''s Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home."
** Gira and Jarboe's side project (The World of) Skin did a few more, such as ''Julie London'''s Julie London's "Cry Me a River" and an [[RearrangeTheSong acoustic version]] of Music/TheStooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
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