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, 9. Januar 2011

Belphegor - Goatreich - Fleshcult

Belphegor - Goatreich-Fleshcult (2005)

I've already written about the phrase "festum asinorum", but I've forgotten some more words.

~ The Cruzifixus - Anus Dei ~
Cruzifixus means The cruzified, Anus dei is God's anus/asshole.

~ Fornicationium et immundus diabolus ~
The noun fornicatio means arch or whorehouse or harlotry/prostitution. The ending -ium is incorrect, the form "fornicationum" would be genitive plural: of the arches/ whorehouses/ harlotry. Maybe Belphegor thought that "fornicationium" is a correct noun, so two translations are possible: a) the harlotry and the impure devil, or b) even the impure devil of the harlotry.

I think, the double meaning of this word goes back to ancient Roman times: it's certain that the arches of the Circus Maximus were used as little brothels, cheap and dirty ones.


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