In 2017, Kristin Hayter released her first two studio albums as Lingua Ignota – Let the Evil of His Own Lips Cover Him and All Bitches Die. Blending elements of death metal, noise, grind, drone, and classical music, Hayter took the metal community by storm. Along with her music featuring fascinating technicality, her material also presents a tremendous atmosphere of horror.
Over the years, Kristin would go on to release two more studio albums as Lingua Ignota, those being Caligula and Sinner Get Ready. Lingua Ignota has become one of the biggest names in the heavy music world, with audiences lining up at the chance to witness Hayter’s compelling live performances. And now, Kristin has confirmed that she will be retiring Lingua Ignota next year.
This isn’t to say that Kristin is done with music, but that she is ready to move on from the material that embodies Lingua Ignota. Via a statement provided on her Instagram account, she speaks to her need to move on and how excited she is for her future and the art she will make. You can read that entire statement below.
Kristin – thank you for all the incredible art you have created through Lingua Ignota. We look forward to what you have to share with all of us next.
“From the heart. These upcoming dates, and a few things in early 2023, will be the last times I perform this music.
“I have so much gratitude for what has been afforded me, and the beauty of the community that has gathered around what I do. Committing myself to this project and all that has come with it has also been acutely painful. This time last year I was non-functional. Then, out of desperation, I gave myself permission to heal for the first time. There is still so much work for me to do, but these months of personal growth have allowed me to see myself clearly, my strengths and my shortcomings. Every day I do conscious, active work to stay present — where I am safe, rather than mired in my past — where I was not. I will not allow my wounds to destroy me.
“I want to live a healthy, happy life and have changed much in myself and my surroundings to bring light in. As such the art has to change too. It is not healthy for me to relive my worst experiences over and over through LI, and my healing has finally allowed me to *feel* how painful that is. I am taking a new direction with my music and I am looking forward to the future. I want to let you know in light of some (very cool) things that will be announced soon that I am retiring this catalog, this pain. This era is over for me. I will give my final performances of this music everything I have, and I look forward to the actual great pleasure of interpreting hymns for you. Revelations is upon us. Gentle friends, it is ok to let go. Thank you for sharing the dark with me, it is time to move forward. – K”
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