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1991’s ’Plague Mass’ is Diamanda Galas’ pointed comment on the Catholic church and society in general’s indifference to the AIDS pandemic during the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s
By this point Diamanda was firmly established in the avant-garde firmament, but with considerable commercial success that allowed her to transcend and broach a wider consciousness. From this position of relative privilege and prominence, as with her previous trilogy ‘The Masque of Red Death’ she highlighted the horrors that afflicted both her family (her brother Philip-Dimitri Galás die from AIDS-related causes in 1986) and a large part of the creative communities she came up thru, and in the best manner she knew how, using her incredible, octave-vaulting, operatic range of shrieks and howls to convey her feelings in no uncertain terms. Frightening stuff.