Filth (album) by Swans

Filth
Filth by Swans (1983)
Overall rank: 1,735th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 199 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1983 (27th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (269th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,735th)
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SWANS FILTH Signed M Gira Hand-painted Ltd Art Edition 1/500 First Pressing RARE
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Swans bestography

Filth is ranked 6th best out of 34 albums by Swans on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 260 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,424.

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Rating: 74 (27 votes)Comments: 0
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Rating: 79 (31 votes)Comments: 0
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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 199 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 13% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 74.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 75.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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80/100
From JeanCarlo 10/13/2019 23:00
Hypnotic, addictive, raw and grind
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From jackbrown8786 05/03/2018 05:31
I remember the first time listening to this and thinking it was repetitive and without skill. I frequently go on black/death metal kicks but this is by far the singular most oppressive thing I've ever heard. it's painful to listen to and makes me genuinely sick, makes my muscles ache. I feel like I need a massage and shower after listening to this, it just tenses me up so much.

the guitars are used solely to create ugly noises and the percussion is pounding, usually slow, and always brutal. every hit on the drums is powerful and violent. the vocals are tortured and only serve to repeat misanthropic, pessimistic, condemning mantras until they sink in. there's an art here in how "melodies," almost without melody, are displayed, using those ugly guitar noises and syncopated to a point where at first it sounds off, but matches the vocals/lyrics perfectly well with how broken it is. incredibly original. it might take a couple listens b4 you hear anything at all more than what sounds like random noise, but trust me it's only b/c you never heard "riffs" like this.

you want the true effects, blast it with loudspeakers and a subwoofer, it's worth the minor, temporary ear damage. this isn't supposed to be pleasant. Gira is an absolute genius, that's a fact.
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75/100
From danbell 04/25/2017 23:50
Some of the most challenging, yet rewarding, music I have ever listened to. I would recommend if you're looking to really broaden your musical horizon and test yourself.
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65/100
From ItSaysDilbert 01/19/2017 01:01
Crazy!

Favorite tracks: Power For Power

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85/100
From josh333 07/22/2016 04:30
when it clicks, it clicks. the quintessential no wave record.
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80/100
From exileonthehell 12/14/2015 23:59
No wave at it's best
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From Felidane 09/28/2015 22:55
Someone pissed Michael Gira off. All the raw energy of Gira's creative mind has come into practice.

Best: Stay Here
Worst: Thank You
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From 06/20/2015 13:56
Quite an interesting record. Very hard hitting, very heavy, and some interesting vocals from Gira, especially when comparing to his vocals on the latest Swans album To Be Kind. You can hear the feedback coming from the guitars because of how heavily amped up they are, and the kind of tones used are incredibly reminiscent of industrial music. The drums are mixed quite high up in the mix, and for good reason. They're hard hitting, loud, fast and really suit the no wave style that this album aims for. Although the lyrics are a bit lackluster, the instrumentation makes up entirely where the lyrics leave an empty space. Overall, it's great, but I do think it could have been marginally better.
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80/100
From Anti 12/03/2014 00:33
Probably one of the coldest albums I have ever heard. This is a very raw, grimy, sinister record. Definitely not the easiest listen out there, but I like the darkness and toughness.
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From 11/03/2014 01:38
On paper, this is great. In practice, it's great.
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