Much has been made of Michael Gira's observation prior to this release, that this is the sum-total of 30 years of SWANS development. More interesting is that he then says its impossible to record a definitive 'version' of his vision because it develops each & every time its played/performed. Take, for example the We Rose From Your Bed ... version of old classic I Crawled - its come a long way from the aggressive beast it once was but the kernel of the original is there. I was almost frightened to play The Seer for the first time, so much the anticipation . Its almost overwhelming at first, but don't let the two-hour time-frame put you off. This record is beautifully paced & while there is copious amounts of cacophony, dissonance & repetition, there is also respite, space and beauty. In spades. Its one of those records that will be something different to each & every person that takes the journey through it. In 'The Seer', the tremendous 30-minute centre=piece of the first disc is some of the most remarkable & challenging music Gira has ever written & its awesome in the very essence of the word. Intense but not overwhelming, it takes you in a psychedelic fugue up & up & ... well you have to be there.
In 'Song For A Warrior' you find perhaps the most beautiful SONG that Michael Gira has ever written. And in the album's titanic two closers, is that quintessence of SWANS that maybe, he's been talking about.
The Seer is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But in Gira's words "the goal is joy" , & The Seer is certainly a joy to behold.