Lingua Ignota - Caligula
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Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #18 / 759
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Based on 787 ratings
2019 Ratings: #20
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With CALIGULA, Kristin Hayter (aka LINGUA IGNOTA) has delved deep into themes of control, domestic abuse, violence, vengeance, depravity, love and most importantly, transformation to create a truly unsettling yet hugely rewarding album.

The Needle Drop

Caligula is an even more incredible journey to hell than its predecessor.

Tiny Mix Tapes

There is catharsis in Caligula, yes, but it’s not pleasurable. It hurts. It tears.


Lingua Ignota's second full-length CALIGULA continues her blend of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial. She transforms shattering lamentations into empowered declarations against misogyny, while also complicating the dominant narratives of women's trauma.


With Caligula, she has created a murderous amalgam of opera, metal, and noise that uses her classical training like a Trojan Horse, burning misogyny to ash from its Judeo-Christian roots.


The push-pull between fragile piano and ruptures of psychic static is arresting, but by far Kristin’s most captivating weapon is her voice.

The Guardian

Emphasising the rage and despair of survivors of abuse, Kristin Hayter uses a unique palette including metal, folk and noise.

Caligula is an excellent combination of soul-crushingly haunting, comforting and ethereal gorgeousness. But most importantly, IT AIN'T BUTTERFLIES AND RAINBOWS!

If you took a look at the top album releases this week, saw the acclaim this was getting and thought "oh, this is going to be a wonderful experience", then be prepared to not sleep tonight! As someone who first heard this album outside, in the woods during dawn, I can tell you that this was terrifying as hell.

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Lingua Ignota is an absolute wrecking ball. There's something about how her music sounds, I can't even describe it correctly. It's so terrifying and so comforting at the same time. As soon as you are embraced in the beautiful melodies guided by Ignota's powerful voice you encounter a eerie, almost black metal like screaming/noise that just scares the shit out of you. It makes for such an effective album, so powerful in it's beauty and horror. It sounds like a rotten body in decomposition, of ... read more
felt like I could predict this album's every move
I don't eat. I don't sleep. I only listen to this.

the late 1960's gave us the rallying cry of "the personal is the political" and now 50 years later Lingua Ignota updates this to "the visceral is the political". as we deal with the effects of our own latter-day Caligula, a more powerful renunciatory cultural response is required. clocking in at a thrilling 66.6 minutes long, this is it.

also this is my 500th review on AOTY.
I don't know what's happening, all I can feel is this haunting and calming chaos going trough my mind that she creates with perfection. I can't even describe it, all I can say is that this is a beautiful experience that almost gave me a heart attack at "May Failure Be Your Noose".
I didn't even know what the fuck I was going into before listening to this album btw but I was completly blown away.
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Track List

  1. Faithful Servant Friend of Christ
  2. Do You Doubt Me Traitor
  3. Butcher of the World
  4. May Failure Be Your Noose
  5. Fragrant Is My Many Flower'd Crown
  6. If the Poison Won't Take You My Dogs Will
  7. Day of Tears and Mourning
  8. Sorrow! Sorrow! Sorrow!
  9. Spite Alone Holds Me Aloft
  10. Fucking Deathdealer
  11. I Am the Beast
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Added on: May 20, 2019