On Lingua Ignota’s upcoming «Caligula»

It took less than two years since its inception for Kristin Hayter‘s project Lingua Ignota to become one of the most revered names in the more experimental side of extreme music, such is the sheer strength of her sublime first album «All Bitches Die», with unforgettable live performances surely helping out as well. After guest appearances in The Body‘s «I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.» and Full Of Hell‘s «Weeping Choir», the time has come for the the release of her second full-length, entitled «Caligula», which will take place next month.

The album’s press release states that it is Hayter’s “most musically and thematically ambitious work to date, finding her at the peak of her powers as a vocalist, composer, and storyteller,” going on to further state that it does not settle in any one genre throughout its duration, “ instead opting to tackle massive scopes and influences spanning across time and place.” The constant from her previous work lies in the ongoing exploration of “themes of violence and vengeance through a survivalist narrative that is equal parts chilling and empowering.” Below, witness «Caligula»’s wonderful artwork and listen to its first single, «Butcher Of The World», whose lyrics can be found underneath.

I’M THE FUCKING DEATHDEALER
I’M THE BUTCHER OF THE WORLD
RISE UP AND ILL CUT YOU DOWN
RISE UP AND ILL CUT YOU
I’M THE FUCKING DEATHDEALER
I’M THE BUTCHER OF THE WORLD
IF YOU DON’T FEAR ME YET YOU WILL
IF YOU DON’T FEAR ME YET

MAY YOUR FOES BE MANY
MAY YOUR DAYS BE FEW
MAY ANOTHER STEAL WHAT YOU STOLE
IN RETURN FOR MY LOVE
HE STRIKES ME DOWN
EVEN AS I MAKE PRAYER FOR HIM
MAY YOUR OWN SHAME HANG YOU
MAY DISHONOR DROWN YOU
MAY THERE BE NO KINDNESS
NO KINDNESS
NO KINDNESS

You might have noticed the use of Henry Purcell‘s «Funeral March for Queen Mary» in the song, a theme whose more recent claim to fame pertains its use in Kubrick‘s adaptation of Anthony Burgess‘s «A Clockwork Orange». Coincidentally or otherwise, Hayter has stated through twitter that she is “very excited to nerd out about the topics of: simalcra/simulation, context in sampling and plunderphonics, and power/violence/gender in our cultural understanding of Henry Purcell’s “Funeral March for Queen Mary” aka the clockwork orange song.

The album was engineered and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets, and mastered by Heba Kadry. It is set to feature instrumental appearances from Sam McKinlay from THE RITA, Lee Buford from The Body, and Ted Byrnes from Cackle Car, as well as guest vocals by Dylan Walker from Full Of Hell, Mike Berdan from Uniform, and Noraa Kaplan from Visibilities. A fascinating set of performers, which interestingly continues previously seen collaborations with great results – recall that Lingua Ignota and THE RITA released a split entitled «Commissioned» back in march 2019, from which the «Jolene» cover above, which has left so many shaken and blown away when performed live, is taken.

«Caligula» is set for release on July 19 through Profound Lore on cd, digital, and vinyl formats, whose pre-orders can be placed at this location.

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