History NightmareFuel / Swans

7th Jul '16 11:35:54 AM Favriel
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** The entirety of Mahakali down to the album cover.

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** Her debut Thirteen Masks is far from her scariest but it's still filled with creepy stuff; "Shotgun Road Redemption', a very haunting, ghostly track that sounds like a dark fairground, "Freedom", "I Got A Gun" (which uses percussive sounds that evoke gunshots and chants of 'I won't stop until I get what I want'), "Listen"'s eerie, sad music box sounds, the jazzy, chilly "Wooden Idols", the odd and folksy "Oblivion Seekers", and the 8-minute bonus track "Surrender", which uses inhuman growls and deeply unsettling hut-in-abandoned-swamp atmosphere. "We Are The Prophecy" is quite ominous too.
** "Bebe Marie", including the lyric "Baby can't live", supported by soft, eerie vibraphone.
** Sacrificial Cake is nightmarish all the way through. It's filled with both her haunting, prettier singing and her demented monstrous growls, both very disturbingly done. Every song counts, but here's some highlights.
*** The freakish "Yum Yab", in which Jarboe yell-sing "NOW BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT" at the end.
*** "Troll Lullaby", mostly backed by very disturbing looping, distorted music.
*** Even "Cache Toi", which seems to be a short French (?) poem.
*** The brief "Tragic Seed", which features some creepy distortion on the vocals.
*** "Not Logical". It begins with some gorgeous but haunting music, then changes into layers of Jarboe's voice over an eerie drone, the singing voice repeating 'open your mind' and another speaking things like 'sensational' and 'not logical'.
*** "Spiral Staircase". It's more melodic and pretty this time, and conjures a distant, floaty feeling, very evocative of it the song's name.
*** "The Body Lover", which mostly consists of disturbing spoken word and another creepy droning sound.
*** "Lavender Girl"
*** SURGICAL SAVIOUR. It has all kinds of deranged talk of surgery it seems, and even has some voices that say 'now move on to me', seeming to mean 'move on to their surgery'.
*** Without a doubt, the extremely long closer Troll is the scariest song on an already disturbing album. It's filled with horrifically distorted/manipulated voices from Jarboe, seeming to be from an exceptionally creepy troll's POV, including the line 'I WILL EAT YOU'. It just goes on and on like this for nearly nine minutes.
** The entirety of Mahakali down to the album cover.
19th Jun '16 3:22:42 AM kalong213
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** And then there's the closing track, "Apostate," which can only be described as a 23 minute descent into hell. * "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceedingly uncomfortable.

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** And then there's the closing track, "Apostate," which can only be described as a 23 minute descent into hell. hell.
* "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceedingly uncomfortable.
28th Apr '16 8:36:19 PM aye_amber
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** "I Love You This Much," a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. Yes, ''Film/TheShining'' guy.

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** "I Love You This Much," a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. ''Gyorgy Ligeti.'' Yes, ''Film/TheShining'' guy.
28th Apr '16 8:34:21 PM aye_amber
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** "I Love You This Much," a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. Yes, the ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' guy.

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** "I Love You This Much," a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. Yes, the ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' ''Film/TheShining'' guy.
28th Apr '16 8:33:31 PM aye_amber
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* Children of God, which sounds something like the usual DroneOfDread delivered in MadnessMantra form, add Gira's recent inspiration from Evangelical preachers, and Jarboe's contrastingly melodic singing, and you get something akin to an apocalyptic tale of ReligiousHorror delivered through the narration of a preacher gone mad. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI5Eg6Ias4 Beautiful Child]] can really stand out, from it's intro of gunshots, a frenetic drum section turning into a slow march, and a thrumming bass coupled with the deep singing and Jarboe's best approximation of an ironic choir. It swells and grows as the lyrics become more fragmented, regardless if the titular child existed and was sacrificed, or is symbolic of losing your soul, it's terrifying either way.

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* Children ''Children of God, God,'' which sounds something like the usual DroneOfDread delivered in MadnessMantra form, add Gira's recent inspiration from Evangelical preachers, and Jarboe's contrastingly melodic singing, and you get something akin to an apocalyptic tale of ReligiousHorror delivered through the narration of a preacher gone mad. [[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI5Eg6Ias4 Beautiful Child]] Child]]" can really stand out, from it's its intro of gunshots, a frenetic drum section turning into a slow march, and a thrumming bass coupled with the deep singing and Jarboe's best approximation of an ironic choir. It swells and grows as the lyrics become more fragmented, regardless if the titular child existed and was sacrificed, or is symbolic of losing your soul, it's terrifying either way.



** "Her Mouth is Filled with Honey" combines incomprehensible layered vocals with a tape of Music/{{Jarboe}}'s father discussing seeing his daughter, unbeknownst to him, having her first LSD trip.

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** "Her Mouth is Filled with Honey" combines incomprehensible layered vocals with a tape of Music/{{Jarboe}}'s Jarboe's father discussing seeing his daughter, unbeknownst to him, having her first LSD trip.



** "The Beautiful Days" contrasts a little girl's song with difficult-to-place synth noises and a woman describing working as a phone sex operator.
** "I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull" consists of, at first, a massive dissonant orchestral swell, which subsides into electronic noises, random frantic drumming and finally slide whistles, over which a ''very'' bizarre monologue appears. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMYPpY7Mrt0 "Testing, one, two, three..."]]
** "I Love You This Much", a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch-shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. Yes, the ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' guy.
* "Blind Love" from the ''Children Of God''. Big, slow, thumping drums then a deep, cracked voice stirs, moans and begins to share some distinctly disturbing thoughts. Then huge clashing chords section off the verses. It sounds like the FrankensteinsMonster formed a band.
* If you're feeling bold, check out their reworking of "I Crawled" on their live album ''Swans Are Dead''. The original version was already creepy enough, but the gradual buildup and Jarboe's tortured vocal performance (goes from seductive woman, to weeping little girl, to raging demon all in about ten minutes) is seriously chilling.
* Anything on ''Greed'' or ''Holy Money''.
** [[SerialEscalation Live, even more so]]. Go out and listen to the version of "Another You" from ''Public Castration is a Good Idea'' and ''try'' to sleep. Or better yet, "Coward." Or "A Hanging." ''Public Castration'' is considered Swans' most intense, brutal live recording ever made, and oh boy, it shows in spades.
* Michael Gira's side project the Music/AngelsOfLight had some doozies too, ranging from slow-burners like "New City in the Future," to the satanic street parade backing "Rose of Los Angeles," to the Swans-like mechanical stomp of "Black River Song."
** Oh, "New City in the Future"... ''"[[MadnessMantra YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE...]]"''

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** "The Beautiful Days" contrasts a little girl's song with difficult-to-place difficult to place synth noises and a woman describing working as a phone sex operator.
** "I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull" consists of, at first, a massive dissonant orchestral swell, which subsides into electronic noises, random frantic drumming and finally slide whistles, over which a ''very'' bizarre monologue appears. [[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMYPpY7Mrt0 "Testing, Testing, one, two, three..."]]
]]"
** "I Love You This Much", Much," a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch-shifted pitch shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by Music/GyorgyLigeti. Yes, the ''[[Film/TheShining Shining]]'' guy.
* "Blind Love" from the ''Children Of God''. of God.'' Big, slow, thumping drums then a deep, cracked voice stirs, moans and begins to share some distinctly disturbing thoughts. Then huge clashing chords section off the verses. It sounds like the FrankensteinsMonster formed a band.
* If you're feeling bold, check out their reworking of "I Crawled" on their live album ''Swans Are Dead''. Dead.'' The original version was already creepy enough, but the gradual buildup and Jarboe's tortured vocal performance (goes from seductive woman, to weeping little girl, to raging demon all in about ten minutes) is seriously chilling.
* Anything on ''Greed'' or ''Holy Money''.
Money.''
** [[SerialEscalation Live, even more so]]. so.]] Go out and listen to the version of "Another You" from ''Public Castration is a Good Idea'' and ''try'' to sleep. Or better yet, "Coward." Or "A Hanging." ''Public Castration'' is considered Swans' most intense, brutal live recording ever made, and oh boy, it shows in spades.
* Michael Gira's side project the Music/AngelsOfLight ''The Angels of Light'' had some doozies too, ranging from slow-burners like "New City in the Future," to the satanic street parade backing "Rose of Los Angeles," to the Swans-like mechanical stomp of "Black River Song."
** Oh, "New City in the Future"... Future..." ''"[[MadnessMantra YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE...]]"''



** The next song, "The Seer Returns", contains some apocalyptic SpokenWordInMusic done in a voice that redefines EvilSoundsDeep.
** And then there's the closing track, "Apostate", which can only be described as a 23 minute descent into hell.
* "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceedingly uncomfortable.

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** The next song, "The Seer Returns", Returns," contains some apocalyptic SpokenWordInMusic done in a voice that redefines EvilSoundsDeep.
** And then there's the closing track, "Apostate", "Apostate," which can only be described as a 23 minute descent into hell.
hell. * "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceedingly uncomfortable.
21st Feb '16 10:01:16 PM SinNanna
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* Children of God, which sounds something like the usual DroneOfDread delivered in MadnessMantra form, add Gira's recent inspiration from Evangelical preachers, and Jarboe's contrastingly melodic singing, and you get something akin to an apocalyptic tale of ReligiousHorror delivered through the narration of a preacher gone mad. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI5Eg6Ias4 Beautiful Child]] can really stand out, from it's intro of gunshots, a frenetic drum section turning into a slow march, and a thrumming bass coupled with the deep singing and Jarboe's best approximation of an ironic quire. It swells and grows as the lyrics become more fragmented, regardless if the titular child existed and was sacrificed, or is symbolic of losing your soul, it's terrifying either way.

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* Children of God, which sounds something like the usual DroneOfDread delivered in MadnessMantra form, add Gira's recent inspiration from Evangelical preachers, and Jarboe's contrastingly melodic singing, and you get something akin to an apocalyptic tale of ReligiousHorror delivered through the narration of a preacher gone mad. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI5Eg6Ias4 Beautiful Child]] can really stand out, from it's intro of gunshots, a frenetic drum section turning into a slow march, and a thrumming bass coupled with the deep singing and Jarboe's best approximation of an ironic quire.choir. It swells and grows as the lyrics become more fragmented, regardless if the titular child existed and was sacrificed, or is symbolic of losing your soul, it's terrifying either way.
14th Dec '15 12:02:06 AM darkabomination
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* Children of God, which sounds something like the usual DroneOfDread delivered in MadnessMantra form, add Gira's recent inspiration from Evangelical preachers, and Jarboe's contrastingly melodic singing, and you get something akin to an apocalyptic tale of ReligiousHorror delivered through the narration of a preacher gone mad. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI5Eg6Ias4 Beautiful Child]] can really stand out, from it's intro of gunshots, a frenetic drum section turning into a slow march, and a thrumming bass coupled with the deep singing and Jarboe's best approximation of an ironic quire. It swells and grows as the lyrics become more fragmented, regardless if the titular child existed and was sacrificed, or is symbolic of losing your soul, it's terrifying either way.
1st Nov '15 10:34:34 AM MarkLungo
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** The next song, "The Seer Returns", contains some apocalyptic spoken word done in a voice that redefines EvilSoundsDeep.

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** The next song, "The Seer Returns", contains some apocalyptic spoken word SpokenWordInMusic done in a voice that redefines EvilSoundsDeep.
31st Oct '15 11:26:15 PM Weirdowithcoffee
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* "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceeedingly uncomfortable.

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* "Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceeedingly exceedingly uncomfortable.
31st Oct '15 11:25:52 PM Weirdowithcoffee
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*"Oxygen" seems to have been written for the express purpose of going absolutely out of its way to make the listener incredibly, exceeedingly uncomfortable.
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