The Litanies of Satan

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The Litanies of Satan
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Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released 25 February 1982
Recorded September 1981 (1981-09)–1982 (1982)
Studio Nadir Studios, London, England and San Diego, CA
Length 29:51
Label Y
Producer Dave Hunt
Diamanda Galás chronology
If Looks Could Kill
The Litanies of Satan
Diamanda Galás

The Litanies of Satan is the debut album by American avant-garde artist Diamanda Galás, released in the United Kingdom by Y Records in 1982; it was released in her home country in 1989. In some issues, the vinyl sides are oppositely labeled, while some compact disc reissues also presents the tracks in the incorrect order.


The text for "The Litanies of Satan" is taken from a section of Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire. According to the album liner notes, the piece "devotes itself to the emeraldine perversity of the life struggle in Hell." The notes go on to state that "Wild Women with Steak-Knives," from the tragedy-grotesque by Diamanda Galás Eyes Without Blood, is "a cold examination of unrepentant monomania, the devoration instinct, for which the naive notion of filial mercy will only cock a vestigial grin."


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Trouser Press described it as "a disturbing and provocative piece."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Litanies of Satan"   Charles Baudelaire Diamanda Galás 17:48
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Wild Women with Steak-Knives (The Homicidal Love Song for Solo Scream)"   Diamanda Galás Diamanda Galás 12:04


Production personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1982 Y LP Y 18
United States 1989 Mute CD, LP ISO 1
Restless 71419


  1. ^ Rojek, Chris (2011). "Theoretical Perspectives". Pop Music, Pop Culture. Polity. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7456-4264-2. 
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "The Litanies of Satan". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Diamanda Galás". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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