Diamanda Galas   The Divine Punishment
Release Date: 1986

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4.0 excellentDickens44 | December 23rd 14

Wow...this is dark, avant garde stuff. It sounds a bit like a minimalist Scott Walker, but this was released in 1986, before Mr. Walker really got weird. This is a mix of Diamanda's gorgeous operatic vocals, sepulchral screaming, piano laments, droning noise, otherworldly shimmers and nothing remotely resembling a pop moment. Yet, this is a terrific, harrowing listen, and an artist I am excited to explore more of!

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3.5 greatLambda | February 7th 15

Less abrasive than The Litanies of Satan, but still by no means an easy listen. This is apparently a record regarding how the Catholic Church treats AIDS victims (AIDS being a prevalent theme throughout Diamanda's work, as her brother died from the disease). Musically, it sounds like someone going through an exorcism. It's very dark, very unsettling, and frightening in spots. The arrangements range from minimal to incredibly layered, often with many voices-- but there are some fantastic a capella moments too. Not for the faint of heart. 3.9


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