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Diamanda Galas - Saint Of The Pit
Saint Of The Pit
Artist: Diamanda Galas
Format: CD


Rel. Date: 09/13/2024
UPC: 881626798829

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Saint of the Pit, Diamanda Galás' fifth studio album and the second in her trilogy, The Masque of the Red Death, is an urgent record. It's theme is essentially passion, in the sense of suffering, although here, and unlike the passion of Christianity, there is little to offer solace. Re-released on Galás' own Intravenal Sound Operations (ISO) after it's initial release on Mute in November 1986, Saint of the Pit is a masterpiece of witnessing, forged from grief and fury during the HIV-AIDS epidemic. While it's precursor, The Divine Punishment (originally via Mute, now ISO), released only five months before in June 1986, invoked Old Testament laws around the clean and the unclean, as a way of raging against the inhumanity of systemic neglect of people with HIV-AIDS, this album is focussed on a more interior response. Saint of the Pit was an urgent record and now, nearly 40 years on, it remains an urgent record because, ultimately, it's major theme is not limited to HIV-AIDs, but profound suffering. It is this music's capacity to bear witness, to wrap a humanity around another's pain, to hear that anguish, that gives Saint of the Pit it's continuing relevance. Remastered by Heba Kadry in 2024. The vinyl was pressed at RTI, packaged in a printed euro inner sleeve with lyrics/translations and 18 x 24 inch poster. The CD includes an 8 page booklet with lyrics and translations and 14x19 inch poster.