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Verba Bestiae 🤘

A semi-automatic study of the use of Latin in Heavy Metal lyrics (2018-ongoing).

Citation

Cecchini, F. M., Franzini, G. H., Passarotti, M. C. (2020), 'Verba Bestiae: How Latin conquered Heavy Metal', In: Valijärvi, R. L., Doesburg, C., DiGioia, A. (eds.) Multilingual Metal: Sociocultural, Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Heavy Metal Lyrics Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture). Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 241-261. ISBN: 978-18-390994-9-6. DOI: 10.1108/978-1-83909-948-920200021

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Corpus of Heavy Metal songs

Study based on 102 songs taken from the Encyclopaedia Metallum. All songs used in this project are listed in our dedicated Latin Metal YouTube playlist.

Band Song Album
Aarni Persona Mortuae Cutis Demo 2001 + Promo 2002
Abigor Temptation VII: Excessus Leytmotif Luzifer (The 7 Temptations of Man)
Ade Timor Macilentvs Prooemivm Sangvine
Aeternitas IX. Responsorium Requiem
Aggelos Labii Reatum Mantos Purpúreos
Aion O Fortuna O Fortuna
Animae Capronii Angele Dei And Hourglass of Lifetime
Argentum Ad Posthumum Ad Interitum Funebrarum
Arkanus ad Noctum Mors et Tenebrae Calvariae Mortis
Astral Haec in Nobis Magia Eon...
Atis Liberatio Mentis Paranoia
Bahal Valperga Striges
Belphegor Festum Asinorum / Chapter 2 Goatreich
Caïnan Dawn Legionem Daemonicus Thavmial
Carcharoth A.V. Nihilvm sed Vervs Ater Qvantvm Mortifervs in Nvclevs Λtramentvm Vltima
Coronatus Exitus Porta Obscura
Dargaard Arcanum Mortis Eternity Rites
Dark Sanctuary Memento Mei Exaudi Vocem Meam (Part I)
Deathspell Omega Obombration Fas
Death SS Black Mass Black Mass
Délétère Une lampée de ciguë Inopia et Morbo
Devilish Impressions Rex Inferni Diabolicanos
DPOS!!! Vagina Tendinum Musculorum Abductories Longi et Extensoris Brevis Pollicis Devourment Ain't Brutal Enough
Draconian Reversio ad Secessum Where Lovers Mourn
Dyrnwyn Tubilustrium Ad Memoriam
Elend Leçons de ténèbres Leçons de ténèbres
Eligor Immobilis November In Nomine
Elliott’s Keep Darkest corner Sine qua non
Epica Façade of Reality "The Embrace That Smothers Part V"
Estatic Fear Somnium Obmutum Somnium Obmutum
Evangelist Confiteor In Partibus Infidelium
Ex Deo Cruor Nostri Abbas Romulus
Fides Inversa First Congress Rite of Inverse Incarnation
Finisterra Tempus Transit Kein Evoë, kein Requiem
Finntroll Kyrkovisan Jaktens Tid
Fleshgod Apocalypse The Imposition Agony
Fratello Metallo Maria Maiestatis Misteri
Funeral Mist Labii Reatum Salvation
Funerium Ex Oblivio ad Finem Cultus Deorum Aliorum
Furva ambiguitas Omnibus! Sacer
Ghost Infestissumam Infestissumam
Godless Felo de Se Ingredere in Templum Satanae
Gruppum Cantatio Album
Gutfucked Intro Fucked to death
Haggard All'inizio è la morte Eppur si muove
Helloween Lavdate Dominvm Better than Raw
Hesperia Trivmviratvm Caesar [Roma vol.I]
Hybrid Doomed to Failure Angst
Iced Earth In Sacred Flames The Crucible of Man
Imago Mortis Ars Obscura Ars Obscura
I Miti Eterni Parthenopae Historia Cumae
Imperium des Tenebras Nag Hammadi Gnosis Arcanus Absconditus Umbrae
Inner Shrine Il Magnifico Mediceo
Ithdabquth Qliphoth Umbra Morta Ithdabquth Qliphoth
Kamelot March of Mephisto The Black Halo
Keep of Kalessin Reclaim Reclaim
Keldian Hope Heaven's Gate
Kriegsmaschine Altered States of Divinity Altered States of Divinity
Krusader Part I Virtutes Septem
Krypteria Liberatio Liberatio
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Of Michael the Archangel and Lucifer's Fall Ascending to Infinity
Malfeitor Rex Bestia Fera Unio Mystica Maxima
Marduk Deatmarch Plague Angel
Mascharat Bauta Mascharat
Maudlin of the Well The Ferryman Bath
Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Nazgûl Legio Draconorum Orkian De Expugnatione Elfmuth
Noctis Invocat Alter Deus Depressiva Vox Clamantis
Ofermod Rape the World (Hymn to לויתן) Mystérion Tés Anomias
Ophis Dolor Nil Finis Stream of Misery
Orcivus Legatum Consummatum Est
Orphaned Land Building the Ark Mabool
Peste Noire Laus Tibi Domine La Sanie des siècles
Powerwolf Sanctus Dominus Blessed & Possessed
Praedictum Septimus Dies Qui In Inferi Es Caput Cruentus
Ptahil Dies Iræ! Dies Illa! Solvet Sæclum In Favilla! Dies Iræ! Dies Illa! Solvet Sæclum In Favilla!
Pursuing the End Aeterna Fuga Prologue
Rhapsody of Fire Valley of Shadows Into the Legend
Rosae Crucis Sacrem Reformationem Il Re del Mondo
Rotting Christ Non Serviam Non Serviam
Sabaton The Lion from the North Carolus Rex
Samsara Noctiferia Death Culture
Satan Maximus Latro Iesus Christum Arcana
Schammasch Consensus Triangle
Secretpath Nunc Sunt Flores Wanderer and the Choice
Secrets of the Moon Metamorphoses Antithesis
Shylmagoghnar As All Must Come To Pass Transience
Slechtvalk In Paradisum The War That Plagues the Land
Sokrovenno Vestigia Pressa Bisulcis De Rerum Natura
Stormlord Aeneas Hesperia
Tenebra Arcana Tenebra Arcana Tenebra Arcana
The Black Cold Tenebrarum Ars Scientiae Summae Est Pulchrissima Et Svlphvr Natvs Mortem
The Black Occumbere Mortem Gorgoni
The Krushers Crucifige Omonimo
The Ruins of Beverast Ornaments on Malice Blood Vaults
Trans Siberian Orchestra Carmina Burana
Tuomas Holopainen The Last Sled The Life and Times of Scrooge
Vajrah Vajrah Paganus Doctrina
Veneficium Consecratio De Occulta Philosophia
White Skull High Treason Public Glory, Secret Agony
Woods of Infinity Excrucior Förintelse & libido
Xandria A Prophecy of Worlds to Fall Neverworld's End
Xibalba Itzaes Furor Antiquus Ah Dzam Poop Ek

Corpus of Latin texts

The Latin sources used in the study so far are:

Most common forms in TFTL

Most common Latin forms per time period, as recorded in the Thesaurus Formarum Totius Latinitatis.

Overall Antiquity Patristic Age Middle Ages Modern
deus dies deus deus deus
dominus homo dominus dominus homo
homo pater filius homo uita
filius deus homo christus anima
christus terra pater sanctus (sancio) spiritus
pater uita christus filius terra
sanctus (sancio) nomen spiritus anima christus
anima uenio terra pater mundus
spiritus filius sancta (sancio) spiritus nomen
uita mors anima uita sanctus (sancio)
terra anima uita terra dominus
dies rex dies dies pater
nomen gloria nomen nomen dies
mors dominus mors mors mors
uenio dux uenio gloria filius
mundus morior/morio mundus mundus uenio
gloria mundus gloria uenio gloria
rex spiritus morior/morio rex rex
morior/morio sanctus (sancio) rex morior/morio morior/morio
dux -christus- dux dux dux

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