Diamanda Galás has introduced her first new album in two years. It’s referred to as Damaged Gargoyles and it’s due out August 26 through Intravenal Sound Operations. The LP consists of two prolonged songs, “Mutilatus” and “Abiectio,” which she composed in 2020 through the starting of the pandemic.
Technically, Diamanda Galás recorded “Mutilatus” again in 2012 and 2013 in collaboration with recording engineer Kris Townes. The tune comprises segments from Georg Heym’s poems “Das Fieberspital” and “Die Dämonen der Stadt.” The second a part of Damaged Gargoyles, “Abiectio,” attracts inspiration from the Heym poems “Der Blinde,” “Der Starvation,” and the final verses of “Das Fieberspital.”
The Damaged Gargoyles’ CD will include a 24 web page booklet that includes 4 Heym poems in each German and English, 4 work by Galás, and essays by Dr. Julia Meier of the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover and Luca Zanchi from the upcoming guide Gorgon in The Blue Room: Diamanda Galás and the Divine Monster of Grief. It additionally contains images of Galás, the Damaged Gargoyles set up on the Kapellen Leprosarium Hannover from 2021, and “facially mutilated troopers throughout WWI.”
Damaged Gargoyles follows Galás’ 2020 file De-formation – Piano Variations: Das Fieberspital (The Fever Hospital) in addition to her 2017 studio albums All of the Manner and At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem. Over the pandemic, Galás additionally reissued her self-titled album and her debut The Litanies of Devil.