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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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