Album of the Week: Lingua Ignota

Raw power, sheer emotion, and frightening fury. These are some of the things that make Kristin Hayter as Lingua Ignota’s second album Caligula a force to be reckoned with.

“CALIGULA” embraces the darkness that closes in, sharpens itself with the cruelty it has been subjected to, betrays as it has been betrayed. It is wrath unleashed, scathing, a caustic blood-letting: “Let them hate me so long as they fear me,” Hayter snarls in a voice that ricochets from chilling raw power to agonizing vulnerability.

Caligula is a work, not a collection of songs. It is also exhausting to take in, forging opera, metal, and noise into a weapon against misogyny and a world history of women’s pain and suffering.

“CALIGULA” is a massive work, a multi-layered epic that gives voice and space to that which has been silenced and cut out.

Epic, indeed.