Notable examples of NightmareFuel in the music of Music/{{Swans}} include the following:

* 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.
* ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' can only be described as damaging. Songs like the 15 minute "Helpless Child" can drive you to paranoid hallucinations.
** "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.
** "Volcano," a slightly fractured dance tune from the perspective of a psychopath stalking and then cannibalizing a rock star.
** The climax of "Animus," in which Michael Gira's wordless vocals are overwhelmed by a torrent of droning viola and pounding percussion, sounding not unlike a whiteout. In light of Gira's last actual words, this is terrifying.
** "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...]]"''
* The ''Filth'' album, which makes you feel like you're being slammed with a shovel while on meth. The cover is terrifying too.
** To clarify, [[http://i.imgur.com/USNEkxC.jpg the cover in question]] pictures a set of grinning (or grimacing) teeth in a set of black gums. The image pretty much sums up what the album sounds like.
* From ''The Seer'' we have "93 Ave. B Blues" which is terrifying right off the bat.
** Can we just say '''everything''' off ''The Seer'' is nightmare fuel incarnate? Tracks such as "Lunacy," "Mother of the World," and the title track seem to incorporate everything of pure horror.
** The title track itself has to be one of their most evil songs yet. It is [[EpicRocking 32 goddamn minutes]] of DroneOfDread and MadnessMantra that makes you feel like the earth is about to open up beneath you and swallow you whole.
** 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.
* Jarboe has some freaky stuff on her albums as well.
** The entirety of Mahakali down to the album cover.
** "Transmogrification." Don't listen to it in the dark.
** "Bornless." Jarboe sings in some odd little girl voice and it is freaky.
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