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Swans

Formed: 1982
From: NY, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Swans News

Below is our complete Swans news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

My Dying Bride Working on New EP

UK gothic metal band, My Dying Bride, has issued the following update:

"My Dying Bride have been busy in the Future Works studio, recording material for a new EP release, titled Bring Me Victory. Two covers, one of the traditional 'Scarborough Fair' and a cover of 'Failure' by the Swans, will be part of this new EP. A new video has been completed as well to support the release."

"An October release date has been penciled in but this may be put back a little depending on how the last days of recording go!"

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Cobalt Complete Work On "Gin," New MP3 Posted

Colorado blackened avant-war metal duo COBALT has completed work on their new album, entitled “Gin,” set for release on March 17, 2009 via Profound Lore Records.

The duo of Erik Wunder and Phil McSorley (who is currently deployed in Iraq) has "churned out not only a darker and equally epic and violent outburst, but a more surreal, angrier, emotional and ritualistic observation than its two predecessors (“Eater Of Birds” and their “War Metal” debut respectively). Like a churning maelstrom ready to engulf and level all in its wake, “Gin” is an album that comes across as the outcast diseased blackened extreme metal cousin to SWANS, NEUROSIS, and KILLING JOKE."
The tracklisting for “Gin” goes as follows:

1. Gin
2. Dry Body
3. Arsonry
4. Throat
5. Stomach
6. A Clean Well Lighted Place
7. Pregnant Insect
8. Two Thumbed Fist
9. The Old Man Who Lied For His Entire Life
10. A Starved Horror

An MP3 for the track “Arsonry” can be downloaded here and more material can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Details of New Album

Cattle Decapitation has issued the following update, revealing details of their new, upcoming album:

"We’re FINALLY done with all the finishing touches of our new album and we feel we’ve finally done it! Sonically, the band has managed to finally capture and accentuate its live intensity that we’ve become known for and has created one hell of an album from start to epic finish! Conceptually, its misanthropy shall go unmatched. This is it, humans... ferocity at its finest.

"The album is called 'The Harvest Floor,' a title Travis has been kicking around in his head and working towards for the last 2 albums! The actual title refers to the area of a slaughterhouse where the animal (of course in our case it always means the HUMAN) begins the agonizing process of death, usually done with a bolt to the forehead or a slice to the throat. 'The Harvest Floor' is a fitting title for an album laden in gore and the anti-human metaphors and sentiments CATTLE DECAPITATION fans have grown to know and love. Artwork by Wes Benscoter shows the outside of a large slaughterhouse/factory of doom and gloom with the general public being herded inside to meet their demise. The inside of the album layout reveals what’s really inside that slaughterhouse: our misanthropic heroes of GORE (not core) at another hard day of work! Combined with the amazing artwork and conceptually brutal layout, The Harvest Floor also contains an enhanced portion which sports an I-pod ready documentary titled 'Pandemic: The Damnation Epic – The Making of The Harvest Floor' which, simply put, makes 'The Harvest Floor' an apocalyptic multimedia epic!"

Here is the tracklisting for "The Harvest Floor":

1. The Gardeners of Eden
2. A Body Farm
3. We are Horrible People
4. Tooth Enamel & Concrete
5. The Ripe Beneath the Rind
6. The Product Alive
7. In Axetasy
8. Into the Public Bath
9. The Harvest Floor
10. Regret & the Grave

No strangers to guest appearances, CATTLE DECAPITATION has enlisted some old friends for guest vocals including Ross Sewage (Impaled/Ludicra) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia/Asunder). The band has also announced that there is a special appearance by Jarboe (Swans), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor." Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon/Amber Asylum) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today’s extreme acts.

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Black Light Burns Posts Two New Songs Online

Black Light Burns has streamed two tracks, "Lucretia My Reflection" and "So Alive," from their upcoming album of covers, remixes and other unreleased tracks on their MySpace page. The track listing for the album titled "Cover Your Heart and the anvil Pants Odyssey," which is due out on August 5th, includes:

1. Forkboy (Lard)
2. So Alive (Love And Rockets)
3. Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
4. Lucretia My Reflection (Sisters Of Mercy)
5. Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey)
6. The Art Of Self Defense (Jesus Lizard)
7. On The Bound (Fiona Apple)
8. I Am The Sun (Swans)
9. Blood Red Head On Fire (Bigdumbface)
10. Search And Destroy (Iggy and the Stooges)
11. Drowning Together Dying Alone (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody instrumental)
12. Giving In Again (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody instrumental)
13. Failing (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody‘ instrumental)
14. Mesopotamia (Assyrian Mix)
15. Lie (Seth Vogt Club Mix)

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J2 Signs To The End Records

The End Records has signed the new project entitled J2, featuring enigmatic singer/songwriter/performer Jarboe and Justin Broadrick, frontman for ambient/progressive noise project Jesu.

Jarboe is known for her 14 years work with the legendary NYC East Village ArtRock band Swans, as well as her recent musical collaborations with such bands as Jesu, Neurosis and A Perfect Circle. Broadrick, who joined pioneering U.K. grind band Napalm Death at the age of 15, formed the influential metal/industrial act Godlflesh in the late-80s and in 2003 started up his current band Jesu.

"When I met Justin, he commented upon the impact and influence of Swans upon his music. We did a concert together in London in 2005 and began discussing working together. I had also been drawn to the unique energy of Jesu and so this was exciting to explore."

The J2 album will be released in the spring of 2008.

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Cattle Decapitation Announce Album, Seek Member

Cattle Decapitation are currently seeking a new drummer, if interested go to the following link: http://www.smnnews.com/board/showthread.php?t=114401. Also, the band has posted the following update:

"Cattle Decapitation is happy to announce "Karma.Bloody.Karma." as the title of the next record. NO, there is not any religious significance of the title. NO, the name does not imply that we're "crazy vegans" trying to push our lifestyle onto people (as a lot of gabbing internet idiots like to pigeonhole us as). It is simply about the "greatest natural disaster of all time," humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet. This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we've ever done lyrically, and musically you can expect, what one of our friends has said perfectly about it, a very "schitzophrenic" release! Imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way. Features guest appearances by Joey Karam(The Locust) and John Wiese(Sunn 0)), Bastard Noise). Produced by Billy Anderson(Swans, Mr. Bungle Melvins). Available June/July 2006!

Here's the goddamn track list:
1. Intro
2. Unintelligent Design
3. Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)
4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
5. The Carcass Derrick
6. Total Gore
7. Bereavement
8. Suspended In Coprolite
9. Alone At The Landfill
10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence"

"We have a new addition to Cattle Decapitation. A new second guitar player by the name of Kevin "Fetus" Bernier of L.A.’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records. He's been an amazing friend of ours since the beginning and we're very excited to start playing live with him. We'll try our hardest to have him ready for the Necrophagist tour!"

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