The Great Annihilator

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This article is about the post-punk album. For the astronomical object, see Great Annihilator.
The Great Annihilator
Swans - Great Annihilator.jpg
Studio album by Swans
Released January 23, 1995
Recorded February, 1993 – June, 1994
Genre Experimental rock, post-punk, industrial, gothic rock
Length 65:37
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Kill the Child
The Great Annihilator
Die Tür ist zu
Singles from The Great Annihilator
  1. "Celebrity Lifestyle"
    Released: October 24, 1995

The Great Annihilator is the ninth studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released on January 23, 1995, through record label Young God.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Michael Gira except "My Buried Child" (lyrics: Michael Gira, music: Michael Gira, Jarboe) and "Out" (Michael Gira, Jarboe).

No. Title Length
1. "In"   2:27
2. "I Am the Sun"   3:23
3. "She Lives!"   7:00
4. "Celebrity Lifestyle"   4:10
5. "Mother/Father"   4:07
6. "Blood Promise"   4:15
7. "Mind/Body/Light/Sound"   4:52
8. "My Buried Child"   2:58
9. "Warm"   4:54
10. "Alcohol the Seed"   3:29
11. "Killing for Company"   6:55
12. "Mother's Milk"   2:26
13. "Where Does a Body End?"   3:42
14. "Telepathy"   6:11
15. "The Great Annihilator"   4:53
16. "Out"   2:24

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Monthly favorable[2]

The Great Annihilator received a generally positive reception from critics, though was seen in a less favourable light to the band's previous work. AllMusic called the album "an epic, incredible work of art."[1] Trouser Press, on the other hand, wrote that the album "reveals [...] that the band is running out of ideas", commenting that is "unlikely to satisfy long-term followers. A more accessible Swans may also be a less cathartic one."[3]


Additional personnel
  • Martin Atkins – guitar and "sounds" on "My Buried Child"
  • Nicky Skopelitis – guitar on "Warm"
  • John Sarfell – piano on "Warm"
  • Larry Seven – backing vocals on "Out"


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "The Great Annihilator – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jarman, David (March 1995). "Reviews". CMJ. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Kenny, Glenn; Frampton, Scott. " :: Swans". Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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