Wednesday 1 December 2021

Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready (by Mikey Ortega)

Label: Sargent House
Format: CD/Vinyl/Digital
Release Date: Aug 6, 2021 



1. The Order of Spiritual Virgins

2. I Who Bend the Tall Grasses

3. Many Hands

4. Pennsylvania Furnace

5. Repent Now Confess Now

6. The Sacred Linament of Judgement

7. Perpetual Flame of Centralia

8. Man Is Like a Spring Flower

9. The Solitary Brethren of Ephrata


I like to think that it has been established, that Kristin Hayter is a force to be reckoned with. ALL BITCHES DIE, was an album that caught everyone’s attention. It was raw and powerful – like something we haven’t heard in a while, which is why It was my album of the year in 2017. Then came CALIGULA in 2019, which was an album that really elevated Hayter’s sound. You pretty much knew she was gonna go beyond Noise, and into a league of her own. It was definitely an album that made me wonder, “how is Kristen gonna top this?” and after some singles and covers, Lingua Ignota put out it’s 3rd album, SINNER GET READY, which Hayter claimed that it will be like nothing we’ve heard before. I have to admit, when hearing “Pennsylvania Furnace” and “Perpetual Flame of Cenrtralia”, I wasn’t sure where this album was going. If anything, I thought it wasn’t gonna live up to the hype, but after hearing the whole album in it’s entirety, it made sense to me and, boy, did this album catch me off guard.


On SINNER GET READY, the use of electronics is very minimal, where traditional instruments are heavily used. Mainly the piano, as Hayter is a classically trained pianist. “The Order of the Spiritual Virgins” gets things rolling and sets the tone of the album. It opens up with a synth buzzing for a few seconds before the piano kicks in. Beautifully composed. Love the way Kristin’s vocals are layered and has that choir feel. Then by the end of the track, the piano starts getting heavy and we’re reminded of what Lingua Ignota is capable of. Things get very dark and violent with “I Who Bend The Tall Grasses” – a song about praying to God and asking to strike down on a lover. When I hear Hayter ferociously saying “Take Hold Of My Gentle Axe and Split Him Open, Gather Up My Hammer and Nail Him Down”, it really brings down chill. If there’s a track that will make you get down on your knees and surrender to Lingua Ignota, it will be “Repent Now, Confess Now”. For a song that sounds so heavenly, it sure feels like the Rapture is gonna fall upon us. The album ends with “The Solitary Brethren of Ephrata”, in which Hayter has now found peace. All the pain and tribulation that life has thrown at her, she is able to overcome it and has now found her paradise.


If you heard Lingua Ignota’s last album, CALIGULA, then you are familiar with Kristen Hayter’s Catholic upbringing. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that SINNER GET READY deals with religion and questioning one’s faith. The harsh noise from previous albums may not be there, but the intensity is still going strong on Sinner Get Ready. The lyrics are still dark and very confrontational. Hayter’s voice is very commanding. You can’t help but listen because it really grabs you and demands your attention. Hearing how the album was composed with the piano and organ, it really caught me off guard. I really wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, because I really loved the harsh noise and electronics. But somehow, Lingua Ignota was able to strip that all down, and bring something beautiful, yet, very raw. You knew that Kristen Hayter poured every ounce of energy into this album and took a lot out of her. Sonically, SINNER GET READY is not the Lingua Ignota of old. It really feels like Lingua Ignota has found new life and I can’t wait to hear what new levels Kristen Hayter takes the project to. If you’re ready for a new experience, then give SINNER GET READY a listen. It’s an album that you don’t come across that often.

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