Young God

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From the same sessions that produced the Cop album come these four numbers (collectively called, after the fact, the Young God EP), which understandably approach the level of total intensity in that release. Though there's not much in the way of difference from the Cop sound, a few interesting turns surface, showing that the band grew even more creative and powerful as they went. "I Crawled," the first song, has Gira initially huskily singing rather than raging or declaiming, which leads to an ominous, wordless, overdubbed choir effect; the contrast of his haunted vocals with the music (especially Mosimann's percussion, even more pinpoint-pounding and ominously echoed here) takes no prisoners, especially when everything goes completely haywire towards the end. "Raping a Slave," possibly the definitive Swans songtitle, and "This Is Mine" both contribute well, as expected, to the aura of destruction lingering over the release, but "Young God" is another main winner, with crushing drum/bass hits counterpointed by an at-times oddly gentle guitar and Gira's near-wordless wails. An excellent four-song précis of Swans at that time.