Kristin Hayter wants you to deal with her in ways much different from how you usually experience artists in concert. Her vocals oscillate between tearing, gut-wrenching screams and mournful singing. She occasionally hits herself on stage.
The experiences that Kristin Hayter build her music upon are also intense. And unpleasant.
She is a survivor of abuse, and she calls her songs ‘survivor anthems’. They bridge neo-folk, spiritual music, industrial and metal. Her sound is a fusion that is fascinating and very unsettling.
She calls her project Lingua Ignota, which is Latin for ‘unconstructed language’. Hayter’s musical language is something very original, and she tries to construct something that speaks the unspeakable.
The San Diego-based musician first started turning heads with the self-released album All Bitches Die (2017), one of the most abrasive and unforgiving albums from that year.
In 2019, she released Caligula on extreme metal label Profound Lore, which offers more anguish and power(lessness). There are moments on the album that feel one riff away from a harsh, brutal black metal song and other moments that feel like an industrially tinged goth opera. It’s not a metal album – and yet one of the most brutal things you’ll hear (the critics love it).
If you want to experience a soul-cleansing, tortured type of show that will leave you drained of pretty much everything, step into the world of Lingua Ignota.
The concert at Roskilde Festival 2020 will be her only European show this summer.