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.

Samstag, 27. Juni 2009

Anaal Nathrakh - V.I.T.R.I.O.L

Finally, the Anaal Nathrakh's new record is out in stores. Can't wait to hear it completely. Reading an interview with AN-Singer V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (zum Interview (deutsch)), he told about the meaning of his name. First, Vitriol is an old name for sulfuric acid, and second, it's an acronym for Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultum lapidem - Visit the Interior Parts of the Earth; by Rectification Thou Shalt Find the Hidden Stone. The hidden stone means philosopher's stone.
This motto was used in the Order of the Rose Cross. (more information about the founder at wiki).
There is also a famous picture with some explanations.

(Of course, I'm not responsible for the contents you'll find by visiting the linked pages).

1 Kommentar:

Christian hat gesagt…

Hey Markheim!

Thanks for the trackback (: I'm glad to be a reference on this site!