Wednesday, September 17, 2008

As Nathan Explosion said...

"I'll just wing it because no one can understand me when I'm singing anyway." Or something like that.

I've been listening to the End Records Sampler that I downloaded the other day. Some of the pieces are instrumentals, but most have vocals (of a sort). But I have to look them up to understand them.

I actually enjoy "metal" instrumentals. To me, they are very atmospheric. I don't know another word that would work as well. Ambient might work, but most people think of something else entirely when you say "ambient music."

One piece--hard to call it a song because the lyrics in this kind of stuff are rarely sung--is called "Starless Aeon" by the group Dissection. The title itself has a Lovecraftian ring so I did a search for the lyrics, and they are pretty good. Check it out.
The seventh aeon will soon pass as it has been foretold
The false empires will crumble and all illusions shall be destroyed
The enslavers tremble with fear, soon our stars align
The forbidden gates begin to open by the power of our forceful sign

Daath - wisdom of the abyss is the key to the broken star
Eleven angles pathways of chaos will bring forth our most wrathful god
Qliphothic forces from beyond will usurp the tree of cosmic lies
The sleeping dragon awakens smelling the elixir of our sacrifice

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

This is the winter of the last aeon, the hungry end is coming soon
Harbinger of the day of wrath will eclipse the sun and rape the moon

Unfold the starless aeon, the hungry end is coming soon
Harbinger of the day of wrath will eclipse the sun and rape the moon

The snake will completely devour itself putting an end to the cycle of time
Acausal flames will burn all to ashes erasing all signs of the demiurge crime
Our dark gods of chaos will return, this time to rule forever supreme
The dragon mother will then resurrect and end this cosmic dream

Dies Irae Dies Illa Solvet Cosmos In Favilla
Vocamus Te Aeshma-Diva
Dies Irae Dies Illa Solvet Cosmos In Favilla
Vocamus Te Aeshma-Diva
I don't know Latin, but an online translator says it means something like "the god of wrath will be loosened and all reduced to ashes."

"Qliphothic" is apparently a real word. "Qliphoth" is from Hebrew, and according to the Free Dictionary: (meaning "peels", "shells" or matter,singular: qelippah) and sometimes (the primeval "husks" of impurity) refer to the representation of evil forces in the mystical teachings of Judaism (such as in the Kabbalah.)

Interesting. Hebrew reads from right to left, I think. When I edited out the Hebrew letters from the above quote, the delete and backspace keys reversed function.

P.S. The Wikipedia entry on the Latin phrase is very interesting. There are lots of pop culture references which I was unaware of.

P.P.S. So this is "funeral doom goth" music. Huh. I'll let y'all know if I get the urge to go on a killing spree. So far, it seems to me nothing more than an interesting and enjoyable application of chord structure.

3 comments:

  1. "Interesting. Hebrew reads from right to left, I think."

    Correct. It is a Semitic language, vary closely related to Arabic. The difference is about like Spanish and Italian. A lot of the grammar is almost the same.

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  2. "Deus Irae Dies Illa" is from a famous Latin hymn. It mean "Day of Wrath, Day of Mourning." The full text is given on Wikipedia.

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