Saint of the Pit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Saint of the Pit
Diamanda Galas Saint of the Pit.jpg
Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released 17 November 1986 (1986-11-17)
Genre Avant-garde
Length 36:25
Label Mute
Diamanda Galás chronology
The Divine Punishment
(1986)The Divine Punishment1986
Saint of the Pit
You Must Be Certain of the Devil
(1988)You Must Be Certain of the Devil1988

Saint of the Pit is the fourth album by American avant-garde artist Diamanda Galás, released on 17 November 1986 by record label Mute.


Saint of the Pit is the second instalment of her "Masque of the Red Death" trilogy about the AIDS epidemic.[citation needed] In this instalment, she focuses on musical settings of poems by French Decadents.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Trouser Press favorable[1]

Trouser Press wrote "Galás' astonishingly varied singing styles and the hypnotic effect of the record's three claustrophobic, obsessive pieces makes Saint of the Pit a powerful document of suffering."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Diamanda Galás.

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "La treizième revient" (The Thirteenth Returns)   5:03
2. "Εξελόυμε" (Deliver Me) Diamanda Galás 7:18
3. "L'Héautontimorouménos" (The Self-Tormentor) Charles Baudelaire 6:48
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Artémis" Gérard de Nerval 5:01
2. "Cris d'aveugle" (Blind Man's Cry) Tristan Corbière 12:15


Production and additional personnel


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Indie Chart 26[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1986 Mute LP STUMM 33
United States Mute Ltd. 71418


  1. ^ a b c Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Diamanda Galás". Trouser Press. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian. "Saint of the Pit". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 

External links[edit]