Lingua Ignota announces first non-festival show of 2020 at Le Poisson Rouge NY with special guest Alexis Marshall on Palm Sunday – April 5. Tickets HERE
APR 05 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
APR 16 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival SOLD OUT
APR 17 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival SOLD OUT
APR 18 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival SOLD OUT
APR 19 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
JUN 04 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
JUL 04 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
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CVLT NATION’S TOP RECORDS OF 2019
THREE – LINGUA IGNOTA, CALIGULA
There are very few artists whose music can reach into my chest like an 80s movie shaman and pull my beating, bleeding heart out of it. I have witnessed LINGUA IGNOTA live, and I can confirm that she had me in tears; my whole body in chills; my ribcage crushed with the power of her voice. She opened the black void where I push all my pain and released it to the universe. This is the catharsis I need.
Harrowing. Visceral. Cathartic. These are just some of the terms that can be used to describe Kristin Hayter's work under the Lingua Ignota name. A multi-instrumentalist and intensely captivating performer, her newest record, Caligula, is an uncompromising, arresting portrait of vengeance and survival. Showing beauty and horror in equal parts, the live facet of Lingua Ignota is an intimate and intense experience and one that is undeniably fitting to the material it conveys, with vivid video projections and a strong sense of community empowerment. The classical influences (especially her dynamic vocal range, which can express some of the darkest thoughts in a beautiful vibrato) underlie a brutality and noise factor which forces you to confront the demons she's seen. These are songs that Hayter describes as "survivor anthems," and a reclaiming of a long-occupied male space into something necessary and truly vital. Lingua Ignota is committed to her work, and it's clear her presence in the experimental world is one of strength and determination. – Josh Weinberg
Full feature via exclaim!
After formal and informal justice failed her, the artist expresses her pain from past abusive relationships with expansive, uncensored metal.
“Survivors don’t really get to explore many emotions in healing,” says singer and musician Kristin Hayter, who records under the name Lingua Ignota. “The healing model is be gentle with everything and to be gentle with yourself. It’s about forgiveness and kindness. And that wasn’t the model that I wanted to explore.”
Hayter’s music is neither gentle nor forgiving. Her newest album, Caligula (Profound Lore), is a withering 67-minute cry of rage and pain, mixing metal trudge, noise feedback, and agonized quasi-classical vocals to confront the singer’s history of domestic abuse. It’s intense, exhausting, and bleakly beautiful—a record of brutal music addressing brutality and trauma.Read more
(Full feature via PopMatters)
Few musicians have the power to send you to such dark realms as Lingua Ignota does. Lingua Ignota (Latin for "unknown language") channels personal experience—of violence, trauma, rape—to transmit all this darkness into our ears. CALIGULA, her challenging third album, spreads far and wide across the experimental music spectrum. Neoclassical inclinations of the artist's background give the work its winged, ethereal form, while extreme applications of harsh noise drag it to the pits of hell.
We enter her chthonic world with "FAITHFUL SERVANT FRIEND OF CHRIST", where clear vocals soar through the endless corridors. As we descend deeper, she bellows and screams through the blackened power electronics of "BUTCHER OF THE WORLD" and the funeral death-doom of "I AM THE BEAST". No matter what form Lingua Ignota takes, CALIGULA yields a sense of awe and wonder by connecting with the darkest of places. To listen is to stare straight into the abyss. - Spyros Stasis
Full Top 40 Albums of 2019 list by Decibel HERE
8. Lingua Ignota – Caligula
Extreme metal is boundless, and yet it has limitations—a paradox that might be difficult to wrap one’s head around, much as my high school physics teacher’s similar statement about the shape of the known universe made my brain briefly malfunction. You can keep getting more and more extreme, but no matter how fast or loud the music is, the intensity has a ceiling. Which is why artists like Kristin Hayter, better known as Lingua Ignota, are all the more necessary in the realm of extreme music. Caligula isn’t in the strictest terms a metal album—it’s something more like industrial operatic darkwave, and the opening strings of “Faithful Servant Friend of Christ” are closer to Angel Olsen’s new album than Tomb Mold’s. But there is perhaps no listening experience more harrowing in 2019. A sprawling and ambitious depiction and examination of depravity, abuse and violence, Caligula contrasts its most wrenching extremes with beauty and grace, then pulls out the rug via fire-breathing screams and crunching moments of incendiary distortion. I’m not necessarily saying that an album of piano-driven avant garde dirges—if that even really gets at the heart of what Hayter accomplishes here—is the heaviest album of the year. But, well…
Lingua Ignota, making a Levitation appearance Friday at Empire, broke out in 2017 with All Bitches Die, a masterstroke of brutality and reprisal expounding on a justifiably vengeful concept: abusing your abuser.
Lengthy movements entwine drone metal, power electronics, and classical music, while the LP includes tracks titled “Holy is the Name (of my ruthless axe)” and “Woe to All (on the day of my wrath”). You don’t need to speak English to feel the palpable rage emanating from composer/singer Kristin Hayter, an Ivy League-educated artist compelled to confront survivor violence as a voice-of-the-voiceless. She followed up her underground triumph in July with sophomore LP Caligula, issued by Canadian tastemakers Profound Lore.
Hayter, whose intense performances typically find the San Diego native on the floor of a venue tangled in construction lights, spoke on the phone with the Chronicle in advance of her Austin Terror Fest performance in June, which ultimately cancelled. That discussion – touching on higher education, the concept of violence, and her roots in classical music and metal – remains potent six months later.
Read the full interview HERE
Full feature on CVLT Nation
Music that is real can be difficult. Personal experiences always mould the creative perspective of an artist, but what happens if those include moments of pure darkness? Many would shy away from exposing these events, but some find a cathartic release through re-telling these stories. There is not an artist that better encapsulates that state than Lingua Ignota, who spawned into the scene in 2017 with two self-released records in Let the Evils of His Own Lips Cover Him and All Bitches Die. Combining her neo-classical background with noise and death industrial elements and an overall darkwave approach Kristin Hayter has found the perfect medium for her message. This became abundantly clear earlier this year when CALIGULA dropped like a bomb, bringing to life moments of utter darkness through agonizing noise passages or ethereal devastation via Hayter’s fantastic delivery. Given the impact the experience of listening to CALIGULA, it would be interesting to see how Hayter is able to transfer that to the stage. And since she was passing by Manchester I was lucky enough to witness that.
Photos: Al Overdrive from Lingua Ignota’s London show