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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly an Interesting Experience
It is hard to say whether Diamanda Galas's first album is so transcendent of genre that it is hard to decide whether it is actually music or just noise. There is no real structure to the songs, scarcely any musical backing and the things she does with her voice isn't really something that leds itself to singing either. So if you are wanting this CD because you like...
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars scariest thing available on cd
Diamanda Galas was brought up in a Greek Orthodox houshold where she learnt to play the piano to an exceptionally high standard (singing was frowned upon). She broke away from her strict up-bringing to become a jazz pianist for a while before recording this piece of exotica. A truely terrifying recital of the Charles Boudilere's poem (he is French and I have probably...
Published on 7 Sep 2001


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly an Interesting Experience, 29 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Litanies Of Satan (Audio CD)
It is hard to say whether Diamanda Galas's first album is so transcendent of genre that it is hard to decide whether it is actually music or just noise. There is no real structure to the songs, scarcely any musical backing and the things she does with her voice isn't really something that leds itself to singing either. So if you are wanting this CD because you like melodic, accessible music then this certainly isn't for you. Even I have some bizzare musical tastes but I found this quite difficult to listen to all the way through and I'm not sure I'll listen it again any time soon.

Having said that, you cannot deny that Litanies of Satan is a great demonstration of what Galas can do with her voice and that is a lot. She screams, howls, cackles, shrieks, wails to operatic levels, gurgles, murmurs and talks all with ease and that in itself has to be admired. Also, I think that it does have a good atmosphere, but it is so intense that it is unbearable to stand even for the short running time of the album as a whole. This record is a work of art and really challenges the listener as well as the boundries of when noise becomes music and certainly it does it well. The record is uncompromising and demands you to listen to it and I am glad I did because it has changed my perspectives on music itself. So if you like to challenge yourself with music and see music really as art rather than something just to dance to, then it might be a good idea to purchase this record, but it is a hard challenge and when I played it to my cousin he got through only a minute before asking me to turn it off.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn in and face the strain, 25 Jan 2010
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This review is from: The Litanies Of Satan (Audio CD)
In the 80's nuggets abounded.

Searching for them was always worth the effort. This record originally appeared on Y records. A friend of mine introduced me. Returning back to his squat in Essex he carefully placed it on the turntable and cranked it to number 10. The Rega Cerwin speakers then took the biggest pounding they were ever built for. Out of the smoke arose a plethora of high pitch screams, whispers and judderings. Instantly split between wanting it to end and waiting for the next deluge. It is the work of genius, but you have to be in a certain frame to listen. Harrowing, brutal, powerful and demented, it is the flow of inner voices, personalities split asunder, all trying to pour through the same door at the same time. The result is a regal cacophony, the effect akin to being punched in the face by harmonics.

Getting back to the squat, the room unleashed a sonic vibration rattling and smashing into the floorboards and ceiling. Creating an instantaneous effect the heavy metal lovers living beneath rushed upstairs with iron bars, unsure of what lay above, monster, madness or beast.

Careful ingestation helped to calm their shredded nerves, as we all sat back and rowed across to Hades. G Force Diamanda ripped into our rib cages with wave after wave of litanies. It was an exquisite torment as Diamanda takes you to places that you would never admit to existing.

Afterwards, when it finished we each felt like pioneers entering a brave new world. We sat comatose, a shared communal experience, never revealed, until today.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars scariest thing available on cd, 7 Sep 2001
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Diamanda Galas was brought up in a Greek Orthodox houshold where she learnt to play the piano to an exceptionally high standard (singing was frowned upon). She broke away from her strict up-bringing to become a jazz pianist for a while before recording this piece of exotica. A truely terrifying recital of the Charles Boudilere's poem (he is French and I have probably misspelled his name) of the same name. This recording includes all sorts of unmimicable screeching and wailings characteristic of Diamand. This is not a record for the faint hearted or narrow minded.
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