The Divine Punishment

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The Divine Punishment
Diamanda Galas The Divine Punishment.jpg
Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released June 30, 1986 (1986-06-30)
Genre Avant-garde
Length 32:47
Label Mute
Producer Dave Hunt
Diamanda Galás chronology
Diamanda Galas
(1984)Diamanda Galas1984
The Divine Punishment
Saint of the Pit
(1986)Saint of the Pit1986

The Divine Punishment is the third album by American avant-garde artist Diamanda Galás, released on June 30, 1986 by record label Mute.


The Divine Punishment is the first instalment of her "Masque of the Red Death" trilogy about the AIDS epidemic. In this instalment, she focuses on interpretations of Old Testament scripture.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

AllMusic has retrospectively praised the album, describing it as "compelling but brutal. An ugly, brooding masterpiece."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Diamanda Galás.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Deliver Me From Mine Enemies" (I. This Is the Law of the Plague/II. Deliver Me From Mine Enemies/
III. We Shall not Accept Your Quarantine/IV. Εξελόυμε/V. Γιατί, Ό Θεός?/VI. Psalm 22)
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Free Among the Dead" (I. Psalm 88/II. Lamentations/III. Sono L'Antichristo) 13:32


Production and additional personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1986 Mute LP stumm 27
United States Mute 71417


  1. ^ Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira. " :: Diamanda Galas". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Dougan, John. "Divine Punishment". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 

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