Michael Gira is the God of this Fuckin’ Land

Warning: The following post contains mass amounts of fellatio directed towards one Michael Gira.

Michael Gira is one of the most awesome dudes to ever make music. Back in the 80s and up through the mid-90s he used to stomp faces as part of the new-wave-industrial-metal-noise act Swans. Albums with unflinching intensity were made. Songs painting dark portraits with religious, sexual, and violent imagery. Yes, Swans are indeed one of the greatest bands of all-time. If you disagree, you fail at having good taste and it is highly advised that you leave this blog, never to return again.

Gira is an ominous figure with a cold, pointed stare that can burn holes through bone and sinew alike. His voice bellows with baritone authority. Whether Gira is pummeling the listener with maniacal murderous tirades or expressing absolute vulnerability, he remains stern. I’ll be honest, Michael Gira is pretty fucking scary.

Even when Gira and Swans disbanded in the mid 90s, that didn’t stop him from trudging forward with his haunting voice and head full of ideas. He formed Angels of Light, an act far gentler in tone than the blackened jackhammer known as Swans. Stripped down from the funeral dirges of Swans, Angels of Light features a predominately folk-based sound, which allows Gira’s deep howl and rich lyrics to take center stage. Angels of Light has had a very memorable run of albums since forming, with the latest album being another fantastic winner for Gira (and the inspiration for this post).

We are Him is Gira’s new offering, recently leaked to the web. The album shows us just how much Gira and label mates Akron/Family have began to rub off on each other. Featuring a much “bigger” sound at times than previous Angels of Light records, We Are Him has songs that pack a punch similar to the ones heard on the split with Akron/Family back in 2005. “Black River Song” rides a thick, bounding bass line while “Sometimes I Dream I’m Hurting You” comes to a stirring finale complete with a rad keyboard and percussion section.

Gira’s lyrics are as wonderful as ever, giving us great lines like “I am the God of this fuckin’ land” and “Oh Mary Lou, fa-fa-fa fuck you.” Yes, I love angry and spiteful Gira. The great thing about a song like “Goodbye Mary Lou” is that after Gira tears the girl to shreds verbally for 95% of the song, at the end he announces that he forgives her. That’s pure Gira– venomous, yet kind.

We Are Him is destined to be one of the best albums of 2007. Go buy it this August. Gira might swoop down and feast upon your bones if you don’t.

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~ by theoberlander on June 19, 2007.

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