You Must Be Certain of the Devil

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You Must Be Certain of the Devil
Diamanda Galas You Must Be Certain of the Devil.jpg
Studio album by Diamanda Galás
Released May 23, 1988
Recorded 1987 at Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin, Germany
Genre Avant-garde
Length 31:47
Label Mute
Diamanda Galás chronology
Saint of the Pit
(1986)Saint of the Pit1986
You Must Be Certain of the Devil
Masque of the Red Death
(1988)Masque of the Red Death1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

You Must Be Certain of the Devil is the fifth album by American avant-garde performer Diamanda Galás, released on May 23, 1988 by record label Mute.


You Must Be Certain of the Devil is the final instalment in her "Masque of the Red Death" trilogy about the AIDS epidemic.[2] The selections from this instalment are rooted in American gospel music.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"Wallace Willis2:44
2."Double-Barrel Prayer"Diamanda Galás5:01
3."Let's Not Chat About Despair"Diamanda Galás5:00
4."Birds of Death"Diamanda Galás5:15
Side B
1."You Must Be Certain of the Devil"Diamanda Galás4:55
2."Let My People Go"Diamanda Galás, traditional3:22
3."Malediction"Diamanda Galás4:17
4."The Lord Is My Shepherd"Diamanda Galás1:13



Chart (1988) Peak
UK Indie Chart 12[3]


  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian. You Must Be Certain of the Devil at AllMusic. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Kenny, Glenn; Robbins, Ira. " :: Diamanda Galas". Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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