REVIEW: Lingua Ignota - Caligula

October 31, 2019 in Album Reviews

by Jane Elysium

In her newest release, Lingua Ignota (Kristin Hayter) uses Judeo-Christian lore and sounds to create a droning, distorted refraction of reality.


Hayter’s chilling screams in track 2,  DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR, cut into my body so that the sloping lyrics “when all this ended, as cruel as I am, remember how I loved you” seep into my blood and my brain. This album is not for the unprepared. Hayter’s pain and anger can best be described as thrashing and wringing. Her sounds and lyrics combine into a contorted cry of frustration, desperation, and desire.


Though I try, words cannot truly explain how well the traditional religious sounds fit with her fury and indignation. They create a haunting album that is somehow comforting and familiar to me. Caligula is an incredibly theatrical album that is performance art in itself.


The lyrics “Abandon your body so no man can break it...Life is cruel, and time heals nothing//and  everyone you love will leave you but not me” (Track 6, IF THE POISON WON’T TAKE YOU MY DOGS WILL) will forever be etched into my soul along with her wicked melodies.


Caligula will permeate your thoughts and haunt you every day. 

Recommended: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,  9, 10


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