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THE LITANIES OF SATAN

Diamanda Galas

RIO/Avant-Prog


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4 stars O Diamanda, have mercy on my long distress!

Litanies of Satan is Diamanda's debut album and, God, what a debut! Two long songs which shows the unbeliaveble vocal skills of this amazing artist.

Using just some drones, effects and tapes, Diamanda build a solid, provocative and frightening performance based on a well known poem wrote by Charles Baudelaire. The Litanies Of Satan is a dark piece sung in french, which shows all the power of Diamanda's voice...

Wild Woman With Steak-Knives (Side B) is another shocking piece but here Diamanda put beside all effects to sing almos a capel... Ok, maybe "sing" is not the right concept cos this side is full of breathes, whispers, sotto voces, spits, cries, etc. Based on her enormous vocals skills she is capable to show a wide range of emotions in 17 freaky minutes!

Be careful. The album is really dark and it's a really frightening experience. If you are looking for something that really blows your mind, this album is the right one!

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Posted Sunday, October 7, 2007 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Diamanda Galas debut mini-LP is more than explosion. It is just music from different world. Not from space, her roots are there, on our land and in our modern world. But her music is something you even couldn't imagine it exists.

Main Diamanda's musical instrument is voice. She uses some minimalistic electronic effects and tapes as small sound accessories, and it's all. No more instruments, no more musicians. Just herself and her magic diabolic voice!

There are just two compositions on this mini-LP ( even all later re-releases, including CD, were never added with bonuses). Open nerve and scream both are her arm, genius and deep experimentalism are both her strategy.

If you're never listened to her music, just be ready to be shocked as deep as you can only imagine. Or better just start from her another, later work. Because not everyone can survive almost 30 minutes of screams, cries, half-spoken voice (few languages) and very few sound effects mixed in two long nervous, exalting and crazy compositions.

But there is magic (possibly black magic) in her voice and her music ( yes, I believe ,it is music!). And there is one thing only I can promise: you will love her or will hate her.

I love her music and her world.

Warning: Not for listeners with nervous breakdown and mellow music aesthetes.

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Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Review Permalink
1 stars WHAT????!!!

This is real? I can't understand what is this exactly, i can't even describe how I feel about this... I'd never listen something like this before, it's hard to believe that this is considered music. I'm not saying this is bad, but in my opinion there is anything musical on this album... in some moments I wish to stop it and listen to The Monkees just to calm myself down.

This is very... how can I describe it in a word?... Creepy, I think the right adjective it's creepy, scarry, or... maybe...

Fortunately it's over, i'll never listen to this woman again in my whole life...

I do NOT recommend this album, specially if you suffer of nervous crisis, by the way, if you like creepy, dark and scary stuff, enjoy it...

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