The Great Annihilator is the ninth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released on January 23, 1995, through record label Young God. The album has since been described by Gira as a companion album to his solo album Drainland; the two will be remastered and re-released in April 2017.
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."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."