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.

Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2009

Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus

Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus (2005)

The Swedish guys from Dark Funeral seem to be fans of latin phrases, but not fans of a correct grammar.

The song Attera Totus Sanctus, which gave name for the whole album, should mean Destroy all Holy!
Attera means to wear out, to wipe out. The form attera doesn't exist. The 1.Person would be attero, the imperative attere.
Totus means all, everything, sanctus holy. Both words are in the nominative, while the correct case would be accusative (Sg: totum sanctum, or better Nt.Pl. tota sancta).

Another song on this album is Atrum Regina - Dark Queen. Because Regina is a feminine word, it should be Atra Regina.

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