Lingua Ignota - Caligula
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Inglume
87
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.

I've talked ... read more
JoaoSantos
93
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
IvoBraga
90
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.
amygoodall
60
felt like I could predict this album's every move
BradTasteMusic
93
I'm glad I didn't let this album slip by me. I assumed I would enjoy it from what people have been describing it as. If you like Chelsea Wolf, Droney, black, and/or industrial types of metal, or anything in that territory this is worth a shot. Definitely a favorite for the year and a pleasant surprise.

A really unique, heavy, and dark experience that makes me feel tiny and useless.
usedtobe
60
Sorry lads, not going to jump on the hype train for this one.
JohnLouisHoward
100
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.
nullsethope
87
Caligula—the old Roman emperor—is described by many historians to be one of the most vicious and tyrannical rulers of all time: an individual who took the word “cruelty” and twisted it into his own definition as he underwent a downward spiral into madness. Even hundreds of years after his death, one particular mystery surrounds Caligula, specifically regarding what exactly caused him to stop from continuing to follow the path laid out in front of him—one that ... read more
WhatTheFunk
92
LINGUA IGNOTA is an "unknown" language.We just know that it was invented by Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century abbess... We can easily digress on the choice of this name by the artist Kristin Hayter, who with his art, would like to express the inexpressible, would like to speak a language that would go beyond our knowledge and that would speak not with reason but with heart and soul. All these things that are today often denied in music: feelings and sensations. To fully understand ... read more
Plats
98
I usually don't like reviewing albums after my first listen... but, goddamn, do I have a lot to fucking say! "CALIGULA" is an unstoppable force of nature like nothing I've ever heard before. Lingua Ignota really knows how to get you on the edge of your seat at all times. Her vocals make me feel puny and insignificant, with every breath making my hairs on my arms perk up. Her screams scare the living shit out of me every single time. The classical instrumentation are haunting enough, ... read more
JustSomeGuy
66
This album took a while for me to decide whether or not I liked it as much as I hoped I would. I feel like on my initial listen I kinda forced myself to like it as much as everyone else just out of over-excitement after reading so many great reviews about it. But even after that listen I wasn't quite sure of it. Now that I've given it a few more listens, I honestly think this is very overhyped.

Caligula is an album that, when it's good, it can be extremely good; even amazing at times! But, ... read more
PipePanic
95
Me: Hum ho howdy, whats this album? The cover sure looks interesting!

Genres: Death Industrial.
Titles: Fucking Deathdealer, May Failure Be Your Noose
Scores: Fucking High

I'll buy 13 copies and also put all my shares in the Lingua Ignota Is A Goddamn Queen trust fund.

After Listening: Wow, that was my favorite Lars Von Trier film! (Bad joke since he's a scummy human being)

Belive the hype people, this thing is amazing! Big, heavy industrial music is one of my absolute favorite genres of ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
91
im at track 8 and i cant anymore. no album has ever engulfed me so much that i needed to stop it. her voice, the production all of it is too disturbing for me to continue it.

sorry, it might sound selfish or over dramatic, but i dont want to hurt my mental health and sanity just to listen to an album

EDIT: (original score: NR) so i listened to it fully today, and i can say that i enjoyed it quite a lot, not in an entertaining way, on the contrary, this shit's demonic, but i enjoyed it in an ... read more
Mythic
86
Well I was unfamiliar with Lingua Ignota before today but damn.. I just listened to this thing real late on my way home from work and it actually scared the hell out of me. This album has a lot going for it. It’s got a very theatrical feel to it from start to finish with an overwhelming atmosphere created by way of some very haunting instrumentation alongside some incredible vocals from Ignota. She pours so much emotion into these tracks that it gave me chills throughout most of my ... read more
nijakiler17
51
why does it sound like she's moving her tongue in and out her mouth and putting repeatedly putting a cup on and off of her mouth on sorrow sorrow sorrow and fragrant is my many flower'd crown. it sounds fucking stupid. how am i supposed to take this serious holy shit. like you try to be all edgy and deep and emotional and then do this
"earl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl lurl" face ass.

if you don't understand what im talking about, listen to ... read more
Doofy
37
How does this album manage to be both supernaturally tedious and infinitely aggravating at the same time?

Oh yeah - compose boring 'classical-inspired' music, write eye roll inducing lyrics and then break into a 'performance art' style scream and growl from time to time.

Occasionally she lands on a redeeming idea or two - the Prurient wall of noise 'Days of Tears and Mourning' is effective, and taken in isolation the medieval-feel folk ballads are nice enough...there's just too much of the ... read more
brodiiie
100
This album is like going on an epic odyssey...

You arrive at your destination after losing a dozen of you crew members in a battle that also severely damaged the ship, only to discover that your trip was meaningless and that you had been lied to by your father. You swear revenge on him but you later learn that he died of old age, peacefully in his sleep. On your way back home you endure a multitude of attacks from enemy forces, resulting in the death of the majority of your crew, leaving only ... read more
Supertartory
96
I have no idea what I'm about to get into, oh boy.
Edit 2: This is actually becoming one of my fav albums, which is not what I expected at all, I may change my rating to be higher if this continues.
Edit: I actually want to listen to this again, it's oddly fun? I don't know, I like torture.

Holy fucking shit. This is amazing. The atmosphere is crushing, it's utterly terrifying but in the best way possible, the screaming, the chaos is just perfection. Her voice is so, degrading. I feel so small ... read more
laz456
70
I really like this but don't love it, which is a shame because I really was hoping this would be AOTY territory. She's an incredibly creative artist and her sound definitely appeals to me. There are some seriously stunning tracks and moments on this album but I really don't think there's over an hour of good ideas on here. I'm sure I will be listening to this more but I can't honestly say I deeply love this album and will be returning to it over and over again. It's just a really interesting ... read more
jordymusic
61
When this album is in it's darkest moments it can be very effective, if a little tacky and overdone. The switches between that death industrial style and the classical folk sound feel rather shaky and unnatural and at times the aesthetics in the sound come across no better than a shoddy metalcore record.

I guess my main problem is that Lingua seems to be so focused on shock value that there's really no interesting atmosphere ever built here. I just get a "Lets see how scary and loud I ... read more
Kanye
75
Her harrowing vocals and despondent lyrics create a atmosphere like no other, I felt like I was listening to the ramblings of a homeless women over well arranged death rock. Not an extremely pleasant album to listen to and I think it overstays it's welcome but definitely a great project.
_zeltrxn17
90
UPDATE: This doesn't get old because I pissed mysrlf at every listen to this, especially at night. So, as an answer to the question at the end of thjs review: yes, it is very great and I wasn't on meds at my first listen.

This is a gorgeous mix of influences and tones that does seesaw with your emotions, and that's kinda all I can call it. But it did exceed my expectations. And it's Kristin's vocal performances that mostly make this album as captivating as it is. Did she actually come with ... read more
MasterCrackfox
75
After a first listen when this came out I had a much different experience. The album just didn't resonate with me and so I wanted to give it some time before giving this a second listen and trying again.

After trying again, I got a lot more from this record, but it isn't without its flaws. I'll discuss both the flaws and the triumphs of this release.

To start with the flaws, one thing that stands out is the visceral and shocking vocalization that is featured in many instances of this ... read more
TreyLikesBands
82
Great

It hurt to listen to this, and not just because of the sheer wall of noise, but what have prompted these dark feelings.

The sound of this record mixes impressionistic classical music with the industrial and experimental sound of darkwave. Kristin Hayter's powerfully shrill voice is expressively destroyed by these pounding synths and groups of sound, which really lets the listener into the mindset about her past.

Please listen to this.

Color: Black
FAV TRACKS: Do You Doubt Me ... read more
eliiiiiiii
90
Lingua Ignota is an artist which my feelings about her music are really hard to describe with words, it manages to affect me on very different ways at the same time, it can touch my heart and fascinate me, as well as it can terrify me. Everything on this album blends so perfectly together, even if it mixes sounds that lay on opposite sides of the musical scheme; it presents a deeply intimate side of the artist's mind, and it executes it with some big musical twists, going from a soft vocal ... read more
LilGatorade
85
Scary
lachlantula
93
An image of despair; one painted on a pure, gorgeous canvas. The inks that smear said canvas vary; some are fluorescent, with epic, gorgeous sonic qualities, while the overbearing darker tones shatter the fragile board on which the art was depicted. The destroyed result, however, is perhaps more stunning than what was supposed to be if it were to only be vibrant.

This album is incredible.
ultrvlnce
88
DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR
Cosmilk
20
whooops my finger slipped
MinatoArisato
20
Ah once again I return with an unpopular opinion. Caligula is an emotional and highly intense album which I can see why people are drawn to, however, this was kind of just a raw display of emotion for me and nothing that I really feel like coming back to, it was an interesting listen sure but as music, it didn't do much for me. It's far too abrasive and experimental to the point where it just feels more like a wave of emotion or art piece rather than an album.

Best Track: Day of Tears and ... read more
JulianGomez974
87
How in hell this is one of the most beautiful and rawest albums of the year? Lingua Ignota knows she's not gonna give you what you want, she will always scare you, rip your heart apart and spit you in your ears with some kind of industrial instrumentation and classical landscapes that will make you feel at the darkest theathrical ballet you may assist. Her vocal perfomance holds so much power that it can almost carry the whole thing but gladly this is just lifted by the incredible production of ... read more
dumbmoonlight
30
"Death Industrial"? "Neoclassical Darkwave"? Where have I been all these years without seeing these names? Ugh, the things AOTY does to me...
Anyways.

I think it is one of the first times I can't really define if I like an album or not. This is probably not even 1% from my type of song, and the vocals legit scared me in most tracks, especially "DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR". Oh well.
TommyCook
NR
This isn’t really my scene but I’m not gonna drag down the score. Boy, this is just guttural. Such raw emotion coming through on the vocals. Wow.
MariellyAkarius
83
This is one of that albums I can’t describe, it’s so gorgeous it hurts. the neo classical fusion with death metal vocals, the angry-woman lyrics and her soaring vocals works gracefully, I really felt when she said AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAA AAAAAAA AAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. AAAAAAA AA A A A A A A A A
itsyahboinoah
94
idk guys
newslang
75
Felt too edgy
ColinAndrews
88
A boy is alone in a cabin in the forest at one in the morning on August 20, 2019 . Everyone else that had previously been in the cabin with the boy had departed over the past four hours. The nearest sign of civilization is a twenty minute drive on boundless and stretching roads enshrouded in trees and nothing else. The boy had spent the past two thousand one hundred and sixty hours in dedication to shooting and directing his first feature film.The budget was ten thousand dollars, solely funded ... read more
AnalVape
84
Although slightly long winded, "Caligula" is an explosive and vibrant neoclassical powerhouse that invades the most fragile and insecure corners of the soul.

This album serves as my introduction to Kristin Hayter and her work, so I was really excited to give this a blind listen.

The opening track is so immense and powerful. I do like Faithful Servant Friend of Christ for its eery and ever building string ensemble, making you constantly think that something is coming until you ... read more
jewest30211
NR
Hahahahahaha
dovid_h
96
If you went to me 2 years ago and showed me this i would kill myself but here i am now
braztom
60
I really like the music, and the screaming is okay for about 20 seconds.... but it becomes difficult to listen to after any longer than that.
wless
100
this album is haunting. this album is powerful. this album is one of, if not the most beautiful release of this year. i'm truly at a loss for words.
bornunderpunch
68
I'm gonna be honest, I didn't find anything special about this. Do You Doubt Me Traitor is definitely a highlight of the record, but you gotta admit, there's tons of records out there that sound exactly the same, but except they probably have male vocals on.
Knxckebeatz
40
Muddy ass garbage if you want to kill your speakers
KiteMan
90
Now, THIS is a record where all the hype is right. Lingua Ignota’s masterful combination of neoclassical darkwave and death industrial makes this an incredibly unique listen. Definitely a worthy 200th review.

This album is Kristin Hayter’s way of exploring the abuse and heartbreak that she has gone through, through this musical persona of Lingua Ignota, with tons of biblical imagery to emphasise how important and impactful these can be. This album starts off the only way it really ... read more
El_Bark
100
This is absolutely brutal in every way but somehow manages to be beautiful. Lingua suffered through more than i can possibly imagine but still manages to put out an absolute masterclass of revenge music
WildChameleon
70
Caligula is an interesting mix bag of "niche" genre. As itself, I think she doesn't glue well all the influence. You've some classical nearly religious then you have loud scream, dark or industrial parts, etc
If she includes less of all these influences and intricates more all of them, the album would have been more articulated.

The highlight of the album is her vocals, the so-called "visceral thing".
Most of the lyrics are unaudible but you can clearly see the meticulous ... read more
nickmmendes
85
musical equivalent of a psychological horror movie
HLifeSeguin
91
Wow. This project is like nothing I have ever listened to before. Kristin Hayter's horrifying screams and distraught, ritualistic singing is intriguing. One minute a melancholy guitar is being strummed away and the next your ears are being raped by Hayter's chilling outbursts of anguish. The slow, sludge-like piano and chaotic noise add to the hopelessly dark soundscape of most of the record. It's very hard to listen too at first, but when it clicks, you will know it was worth your ... read more
luisdelrey2016
90
THE RATING REFLECTS MY LOVE TO THIS, THAT'S ALL... I KNOW I'M LATE, BUT THIS TOOK ITS TIME TO GET ME
REVIEW COMING...

EDIT.- I'M STILL PROCESSING, BUT MY LOVE TO THIS IS STILL GROWING AS WELL!!!
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