The Apostate (track) by Swans

The Apostate by Swans
Year: 2012
From the album The Seer (track #11)
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From 09/14/2020 02:20
After the beauty of A Piece of the Sky, this song drags you back down to hell. This is one of the most depraved and inhuman tracks I have ever heard. Amazing
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From 07/25/2017 19:47
Here we have the final track, but don't feel like it's all over yet, because at 23:01, this is the second longest track after The Seer. It starts with a slow drone that sounds like a disinterested police car. About four minutes in, drums start. Two minutes after that, the song builds up, the drums get louder and the noise gets harsher and when the drone comes back, it goes insane. It slows down slightly but does not get calmer by any means, before coming back harder than ever. The song now alternates between mad drumming and mad guitar. The mad guitar then takes over for a while, before being replaced by noise, the drone and a chaotic piano. A recognisable groove then kicks in, with bells to accompany it, and nearly 15 minutes in, the vocals start. Gira then chants 'It's not in my mind', 'Ge-ge-ge-get out', 'We're on a ladder to god', 'Space cunt' (another memorable line) before descending into screaming out 'cunt' over and over, not unlike another memorable line from an album that would come two years later...coherent words come back for a bit ('Ge-ge-ge-ladder to god', 'Get fucked') before the vocals become gibberish for a bit again. The final words of the album are 'We are blessed, we are blessed, fuck, bliss, fuck, bliss' with 'b-b-b-blessed' as backing vocals. A minute of this, then chaotic drums, then the album ends.
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