Swans at Bowery Ballroom, New York City, May 18, 2014

picture-20105-1372868162By: Jolie Ruben // May 19, 2014

Swans rained their terror down on New York City’s Bowery Ballroom last night, on behalf of their Essential new album, To Be Kind, a colossal effort that SPIN described thusly: “as all-consuming a ritual as rock music is capable of giving us, and also as viscerally, joyously life-affirming.” To see what that ritual looks like onstage, click through the photos above.