Diamanda Galas (album)

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Diamanda Galas
Diamanda Galas Self Titled.jpg
Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released 1984
Recorded October 1981 (1981-10) – February 1984 (1984-02)
Genre Avant-garde
Length 32:41
Label Metalanguage
Diamanda Galás chronology
The Litanies of Satan
Diamanda Galas
The Divine Punishment

Diamanda Galas is the eponymously titled second album by American avant-garde musician Diamanda Galás, released in 1984 by record label Metalanguage.


The album's first track, "Panoptikon" (named after Panopticon, a type of prison building designed to allow all areas of a prison to be seen from one vantage point), deals with imprisonment, isolation, torture and extreme alienation as well as homicidal mania and vengeance.[citation needed] It incorporates tape, electronic manipulations[1] and distortion. It was composed by Diamanda Galas, with additional lyrics from In the Belly of the Beast by criminal and author Jack Abbott.

"Τραγούδια από το Αίμα Εχούv Φονός" (Song from the Blood of Those Murdered), recorded in 1981, consists solely of vocals in numerous vignettes. The recording is similar in texture to "Wild Women With Steak-Knives" from her debut album The Litanies of Satan (1982), but when the latter was hysterical and loud,[citation needed] "Τραγούδια" is slow, ghoulish and mournful.[citation needed] The singer was inspired by the tradition of Greek mourning rites,[citation needed] where women mourn the dead as well as seek revenge for the person responsible for the death.[citation needed] The words of "Τραγούδια" are sung in Greek and refer to the victims of the Greek junta regime that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Diamanda Galas was released in 1984 by record label Metalanguage. It is now out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Diamanda Galás; all music composed by Diamanda Galás and Richard Zvonar.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Panoptikon" 15:22
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Τραγούδια από το Αίμα Εχούv Φονός" (Song from the Blood of Those Murdered) 17:19


Production and additional personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1984 Metalanguage LP ML 119


  1. ^ Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Diamanda Galás". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Olewnick, Brian. "Diamanda Galas". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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