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3.44 | 24 ratings | 3 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side A:
1. The Litanies of Satan (17:48)

Side B:
2. Wild Woman with Steak-Knives (The Homicidal Love Song for Solo Scream) (12:04)

Total Time 29:52

Note: in some issues, the vinyl sides are oppositely labeled. The CD reissue also presents the tracks in the incorrect order.

Line-up / Musicians

- Diamanda Galás / vocals, tape, effects

Releases information

Recorded at Nadir Studios, London, England, 1981

Mini LP: Y Records Y18 (UK)(out of print).Some issues contain scented record sleeve. The vinyl in some issues are oppositely labeled.Re-released in 1989 by Mute Records Ltd. ,ISO 1 (UK) and Restless Records, 7 71419-1 (US)

CD: Restless Records 7 71419-2 (1989, US,different cover), Mute Records Ltd., ISO1CD (1989,UK)

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DIAMANDA GALÁS The Litanies of Satan ratings distribution

(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by snobb
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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.

Latest members reviews

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 alb ... (read more)

Report this review (#1370888) | Posted by Zeuhl Glikowski II | Friday, February 20, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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 perf ... (read more)

Report this review (#142568) | Posted by progadicto | Sunday, October 7, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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