21.4.2011

Rotting Christ interview from Qvadrivivm #5 (2008)


μέταλλο εγγλέζοσ

Interview: Kuronen

Conventionally, Brazilians and Germans do it best. It is a string of catastrophes concerning syntax, word formation and vocabulary. It comes with angular pronunciation. It is brutal, unexpected and often innovative to the point of visionary. It is metalenglish (μέταλλο εγγλέζοσ, Metallenglisch), as showcased here by the 1993 Rotting Christ song “His Sleeping Majesty”, which reads beautifully like a broken Celtic Frost lyric. “True poetic” might be an appropriate verdict.

Broken faces behind the idol
Self sacrifice believers once (betrayed)
Those who disregarded (authorities)
In deadly position they offend

The junless domain
For ages and ages
Where his sleeping majesty
Under the black sand

Skeletoned shapes look lifeless
Thrones disappear in dusty (old centuries)
Where glory hide the myth
Nothing to see those who died

The junless domain
For ages and ages
Where his sleeping majesty
Under the black sand

Invaders who follow the legends
Spread mouth to mouth
Approach the phenomically quiet graveyard

Well hidden lonny sentinels
Around his sandy dwelling
Out of date carnivorous suvivorous
They offend his sleeping majesty

The events can be said by human words
So strength so hate to those who dare
They break the frontiers and they come
Now dust of melting bones
Mixed with the Sandy land

Broken faces behind the idol
Self sacrifce believers once (betrayed)
Those who disregarded (authorities)
In deadly position they offend


A couple of years ago there was an assortment of well-humoured heavy metal fanatics who wanted to have metalenglish recognised as a genuine minority language. Sakis Tolis of the band in question is ready to ponder Rotting Christ’s achievements in this language, but sadly, he does not quite grasp the finer, warmer sides of this dialect, instead concentrating on its deficiencies.

“We as Rotting Christ sometimes have this problem. Some of our lyrics sound very messy, especially in the early days. That happened because English is not our mother tongue. We are very forced to write lyrics. Even now, my English is not so good. My accent is not good at all. This is the Greek way. I like the lyrics because it’s spontaneous and comes from the heart. It’s not music only for people with knowledge about language. Music is something that unites and makes us feel exactly the same. I’ve toured with Brazilian bands whose lyrics are very bad and messy but I know that people really enjoy that. The soul counts more than anything.

“Some people would call us exotic. But we go ahead with that. It is very easy to recognise us just like it may be to recognise somebody coming from Finland,” the singer-guitarist touts defensively.

Recognise who, me? Stratovarius? Impaled Nazarene? Or Peer Günt?

Summon Glohithia/Saako vielä viskiä split 7”?

With gems like these, heavy metal will never be died.

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