Diamanda Galas   Schrei X
2.7
average
Release Date: 1996
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3.0 goodEasterInTheBatcave | May 17th 16

A series of a capella pieces. The first half of the CD is the songs performed live, the second half is the studio versions. Effects are added to the solo voice, creating blistering, intense, and frightening atmospheres. The words are by Galas, but include excerpts from the Book of Job and St. Thomas Aquinas. Reportedly, the theme of the work is torture; and indeed, Galas' desperate, frantic performance, consisting of much screeching and screaming, reflects this theme. Schrei X was designed as a performance art piece, so when listening to the record the visual qualities are absent. Presumably, these visuals are a large part of the work, and thus in missing them Schrei X, the record, doesn't totally satisfy. Nonetheless, it remains a display of Galas' incredible vocal prowess. (Though it will likely, due to its abrasive nature, send the majority of listeners scrambling for the stop button.)

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1.0 awfulINTERNATIONAL POPSTAR STEVEN WILSON | July 8th 16
3.0 goodVagitarianZombie | May 7th 16
4.0 excellentCARLAS | November 15th 15
2.5 averageLambda | April 11th 15

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