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The Litanies Of Satan
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on 20 June 2017
Another great album from the Florence Foster Jenkins of Goth, proving that, no matter how bleak life might seem, there is always somebody who can see the funny side. Worth every penny of £1300, this is a record to take to parties, thus guaranteeing a splendid time for all.
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on 29 October 2012
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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on 23 October 2015
Lucifer, a highly esteemed member of the Australian Knappertsbusch Association, is a great admirer of Claudio Arrau. He follows the career-path of Daniel Barenboim with interest. He quotes Baudelaire and voluminously so. Pull out a bottle of 1973 Grange Hermitage and he will invariably materialise and bring a vintage of his own. Being a refined bon vivant, he’s a standing reproach to the rank and file of the AKA whose porcine behaviour has to be seen to be believed.

I cannot equate him with the raucous and uncouth portrayal in Litanies of Satan.

Really, this sounds as if Diamanda Galas had a bad trip at KFC and then decided to undergo an enema (with a garden hose) where she talked the first 'projectile' through the process. When push comes to scrape, barbeque tongs make an appearance. Accompanied by shrieks and ululations, victory is finally hers. The rest is effluence.

A crude demonization of Lucifer – that’s all this is. Come the Day of the Locust, he'll surely have his revenge.
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on 7 September 2001
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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