What's all this fuss about?

Latin lyrics in Heavy Metal music are a common phenomenon. The darker the music, the more evil the band wanna be. What's better than using an old, mysterious, hardly understandable, cryptic, medieval and therefore almost satanic language? Unfortunately bands seldom know how to use this language properly. So, instead of evoking the demons of the realm of evil, they just evoke a hop-frog. Clatu verata nicto! - The most of you know what happened after this wrongly spoken spell.

Normally, two questions are the result of the fact that you've just read a latin phrase:
- What does it mean? (almost everybody)
- Is it correct? (just a few latin aficionados)

This page doesn't want to make fun of mistakes in latin lyrics. I wanna answer the first question to everybody who is interested. The second question is just for myself or for the two or three weird guys out there or for bands which are thinking about using a latin phrase as well. You can contact me if you want.

Sonntag, 6. April 2008

Mayhem - Symbols of bloodswords

Mayhem - Symbols of bloodswords - Wolf's lair abyss (1997)

tanto magis infra se cecidit
quanto magis se contra gloriam
sui conditoris erexit

the more he fell down
the more he arose against the glory
of his originator

(The phrase is quite good, that's why I don't make any comments about the grammar. The logical order of this phrase is: the more he arose - the more he fell...)

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