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.

Freitag, 16. Mai 2014

The Tower - Hic Abundant Leones

 The Tower - Hic Abundant Leones (2014)

The title of the reacord means Here we have an abundance of lions. In old maps this saying (sometimes together with a picture of a lion) was used to express that this area is still unexplored and might be dangerous.

The first song title is Non Omnis Moriar. You can find these three words in the poem Carmina III.30, written by the famous ancient Roman writer Horace (he who also wrote Carpe Diem). In this poem he says: I'm not gonna die wholly. With an abundance of self-confidence he says that he has created something which will last longer than eternal bronze, so his work will survive.