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, 7. Juli 2011

Dissection - Reinkaos

Dissection - Reinkaos (2006)

I was asked to check the lyrics of the latest Dissection record. I found
a lot of strange words which are definitely not latin but another
language I don't want to go into that right now, simply because I've
no clue about it. Some words look a little bit like latin but they aren't
and a few ... yes, you guess right... so:

* Starless Aeon *

Dies Irae Dies Illa Solvet Cosmos In Favilla
Vocamus Te Aeshma-Diva

Here, Dissection used the famous Dies Irae-theme but exchanged the
latin word "saeculum - century" for the greek one "cosmos/kosmos -
cosmos, order". So, "kosmos" is the opposite of "chaos", another
word of great importance to this record:
Days of wrath, that day will dissolve the order in ashes.
(By the way, you need the accusative: whom does that day dissolve?,
so the correct greek form would be "kosmon")
We call you, Aeshma-Diva (a deamon of Wrath)

* Chaosophia *

Lucifer Illuminatio Mea!
The song title means The love for Chaos. The rest is quite simple, even
to those who don't understand latin: Lucifer, my illumination!

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