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, 16. August 2012

The Foreshadowing - Second World

The Foreshadowing - Second World (2012)

Recently, Italian's Atmospheric Doomsters The Foreshadowing released their third record. On three tracks, they uses Latin quotes:

~ Havoc ~

Here, they changed one word, compared to the latin text of the Bible.

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra infernum laudamus te.

Glory in the highest to God,
And hell on earth. We praise you 

Originally, the bible says "pax - peace" instead of "infernum - hell".

~ Reverie is a Tyrant ~ 

The Latin words Absolve domine animas omnium fidelium defunctorum are from the Requiem and mean
"Forgive, o Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed."

~ Noli timere ~

The ninth track is called Noli timere which means: Don't be afraid. At the end they use some latin lines, which are a quote from Revelation I,17. They sound like Gregorian chants - nice and really atmospheric. Follow the link under the picture and check it out!

et cum vidissem eum
cecidi ad pedes eius tamquam mortuus
et posuit dexteram suam super me dicens
noli timere 

And when I saw him, 
I fell at his feet as dead. 
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me
don't be afraid.

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