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. Juli 2013

Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night

Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night (2013)

~ Coleus Sanctus ~

When I first read the title, I thought "What the f***?"  The title means Holy balls. (Althought the plural form Colei Sancti would have been better - Holy ball isn't that masculine) But then I checked the whole lyrics and saw that my first impression was right and that their lyrics are quite funny and ironical.

Coleus Dominus Sanctus Animus
Coleus Sanctus
Coleus Dominus Sanctus Animus

Balls Lord Holy Spirit
Holy Balls 
Balls Lord Holy Spirit

~ Kreuzfeuer ~

Ave deus animus - O Lord soul
Credo peccatoribus - I believe in the sinners
Sanctus iesus dominum - Holy Jesus Lord
Cantus mortus filium - The dead son's song (?)
(I guess, the grammar isn't correct)

Mater deus oremus - Let's pray the the Lord's mother
Omnis malus impetus - the whole evil attack/ urge
Sanguis virgo saeculum - Blood virgin century
Sanctus lupus dominum - Holy wolf Lord
(again, not every ending is correct)

~ Extatum et oratum ~

Peccatum - sin
Cantatum - sung, song
Extatum et oratum - ecstasy (???) and prayed
Peccatum cantatum nomine - sinful song by the name
Patrum - of the fathers
Nomine patrum- by the name of the fathers
(here, the most of the forms have endings without any sense in this context, but it sounds funny...)


samodivva hat gesagt…

I just wanted to say something about Powerwolf, they have a lot of songs with double-dirty meanings, like for example, they have a song "Resurection by Erection" ;) so I think they chose the lyrics "coleus sanctus" on purpose.. i think they find this funny :)

Unknown hat gesagt…

The grammar is correct. In latin you can put the words in pretty much any order.
I'd say "Ave Deus animus" means "Hail spirit of God", "Sanctus Iesus dominum" = "Holy lord Jesus", "Mater Deus oremus" = "We pray for mother of God", "Omnis malus impetus" = "Every evil onslaught", "Extatum (Exstatum) et oratum" = "Stand and pray", "Patrum" = "Fathers", "Nomine patrum" = "Name of the fathers"

This is what I got with the knowledge I have.