Thursday, 19 November 2015

Diamanda Galas

Listening to Diamanda Galas raising Hell on The Litanies of Satan... This month's edition of The Wire features sunnO))) and Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar discussing the formative influence Galas's 1982 debut had on him and with that in mind I dug out my copy, not having heard it in some time. Still an astonishing recording, Diamanda's exploratory vocal improvisations put her alongside Coltrane. The title track is especially extraordinary with some genuinely unnerving electronic effects and what sounds like an infernal choir of demons. Galas has loaned her voice to number of different music and film projects over the years and listening to the Litanies again, I was sure her vocals featured on the soundtrack of The Last Temptation of Christ (on the track It Is Accomplished) but it wasn't the case. The Litanies of Satan is the proverbial room-clearer but if you're curious, take the left hand path...


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