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Group project: metal esoterica

Group project: metal esoterica
April 06, 2013, 01:34:00 PM
This is just an idea for users here to build a sort of Metal Hall lexicon and glossary of obscure metal esoterica. The goal is to reveal the meaning in the language used.

The best way to structure the data is in a nested format with terms that are common to the art overall at the top level all the way down to some odd wording in some lyrics.

1. Metal terms
2. Band names
3. Song titles
4. Lyrics

A social media user elsewhere offered this one:

DEMILICH
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Lichen are a very primitive fungi that's usually the first thing to begin evolving in an ecosystem. Demilich derives it's name not from a single thing, but a combination of "demi" (meaning to derive partly from) and "lich" (being the singular form of the word "lichen"). When you put the two together, you get something along the lines of something deviating from its own nature which is why the album cover has a bunch of subhuman-looking homunculii. Antti's vocal style, if you notice, is also very unearthly and weird which fits perfectly. The name of the song even fits this viewpoint. That's why this will always be one of my favorite albums; it vividly illustrates how much we as humans have willfully deviated from our true selves which has resulted in the weird and unnatural characteristics exhibited by many millions of people today. That's what this band was trying to say with this album, which is why Nespithe is so one-of-a-kind.

I've known this one for a long time:

Lord of This World (q.v. Black Sabbath, Master of Reality)
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Question: "How is Satan god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)?"

 Answer:  The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age”) indicates that Satan is the major influence on the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people. His influence also encompasses the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world are under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.

 Satan is also called the "prince of the power of the air" in Ephesians 2:2. He is the "ruler of this world" in John 12:31. These titles and many more signify Satan’s capabilities. To say, for example, that Satan is the "prince of the power of the air" is to signify that in some way he rules over the world and the people in it.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Satan-god-world.html

Seven Gates of Hell
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In the 1800s a colossal mental asylum stood in the woods of York off Toad Road. This was a hellish place and the home of only the most deranged, most unfortunate souls. The asylum was many stories high and contained hundreds of rooms. Buried in the desolate Pennsylvania woods, it was viewed as the perfect place to ship the insane from all across the state.

 There was one major problem with this location, however; it was miles away from civiliztion. While viewed as a blessing by those who didn't want to face their fears, this also meant that the asylum was not easily accessible. This led to a great tragedy when it caught fire one day.

 Because of its remote locale, firefighters were unable to get there in time. Many of the patients burned to death in the upper floors of the building, and hundreds of others fled into the surrounding woods. The scene was true chaos�some of the most deranged and dangerous people in all Pennsylvania had disappeared into the woods as an inferno spread throughout the area.

 When officials finally put out the fire, they set out to capture all of the inmates. Scared by the reputations of the asylum's inmates and unsure of how to handle the situation, the search party was extraordinarily aggresive, beating into submission some of those they found and killing others.

http://www.hauntedusa.org/yorksevengates.htm

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 17, 2013, 09:22:50 PM
DEICIDE

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"the killing of a god" or "one who kills a god" from Latin deus "god" + -cida "cutter, killer, slayer,".

Although this term wouldn't make sense to a Jew or Muslim, who believe only in an uncreated and thus unkillable God, it does for a Christian, who believe that God has a created aspect in the form of a human: Jesus Christ. Although this aspect of God is considered 100% divine, he is also 100% human, and thus capable of being killed. The term came about in reference to this man-god's death by crucifixion.

As a death metal band name, the term takes on different dimensions. It could have a Nietzschean aspect, referring to the obsolescence of values typically associated with the concept of God, or even further, the death of all absolutist thinking, effectively killing God. Thus, 'deicide' signifies the death of all the corrupted 'truths', providing fertile nihilistic grounding for the creation of new, more realistic values. This nihilism is reflected in the band's sound (on the first two albums), which defies all traditional musical conventions, opting for chromaticism in lieu of pleasing but hollow diatonic melodies.

Another possible dimension, related but distinct from the previous, is an avowal to comic book styled blasphemy. According to many if not most religious faiths, God is the source of all that is good in the world. Were the impossible made possible and God was literally killed, evil would reign supreme and the world would be under Satan's dominion (To some living in modern society, this might be preferable to the current situation). Thus, 'deicide' is the ultimate profanation of all that is considered holy, and by extension, the ultimate iconoclasm.

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 17, 2013, 10:03:55 PM
I'd like to know what Absu is carrying on about.  What is the connection between Sumerian and Celtic mythology?  How much artistic license is being taken?  I'm not really familiar with Celtic legend.
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Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 18, 2013, 01:11:09 AM
Sumeria in Mesopotamia was the birthplace of Western Civilization (not to be confused with paleolithic genealogy). The first recorded pantheon of deities and afterlife from this half of our hemisphere originated there.

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 18, 2013, 07:46:30 PM
I'd like to know what Absu is carrying on about.  What is the connection between Sumerian and Celtic mythology?  How much artistic license is being taken?  I'm not really familiar with Celtic legend.

From what I can tell, Absu will release a cycle of albums and EPs based around a specific pantheon and set of tribal lore, and then repeat as such with that of a different culture. I don't believe they necessarily have a direct correlation in the grand scheme of the band's discography, though I wouldn't be surprised if Proscripter began to create (or reveal) thematic links between them.
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Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 20, 2013, 04:48:16 AM
here's a few  ''metal'' terms that we could do some search. I'm too tired to do it right now.

-(black) sabbath
-pentagram
-(Elizabeth) Bathory
-Golgotha
-the influence of the moon, like in ''freezing moon'' or ''drawing down the moon''


-Murders in the Rue Morgue - from Iron Maiden

«Poe wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" at a time when crime was at the forefront in people's minds due to urban development. London had recently established its first professional police force and American cities were beginning to focus on scientific police work as newspapers reported murders and criminal trials. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" continues an urban theme that was used several times in Poe's fiction, in particular "The Man of the Crowd", likely inspired by Poe's time living in Philadelphia.

The tale has an underlying metaphor for the battle of brains vs. brawn. Physical strength, depicted as the orangutan as well as its owner, stand for violence: the orangutan is a murderer, while its owner admits he has abused the animal with a whip. The analyst's brainpower overcomes their violence.The story also contains Poe's often-used theme of the death of a beautiful woman, which he called the "most poetical topic in the world"»

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Murders_in_the_Rue_Morgue
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Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 20, 2013, 04:57:07 AM
These are getting added for 17 definitions total so far.

Full moon: in pagan/occult lore, the lunar aperature between the realms of the living and dead is opened fully at this time. This implies a period of easy transit to and from the spirit world with all that entails.

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 24, 2013, 05:48:29 AM
DEMILICH
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Lichen are a very primitive fungi that's usually the first thing to begin evolving in an ecosystem. Demilich derives it's name not from a single thing, but a combination of "demi" (meaning to derive partly from) and "lich" (being the singular form of the word "lichen"). When you put the two together, you get something along the lines of something deviating from its own nature which is why the album cover has a bunch of subhuman-looking homunculii...

I always thought the "lich" bit in Demilich referred to the Dungeons and Dragons/fantasy kitchen sink sort of lich - this theory is going to make me interpret the music differently.
Generic misanthropic crowd-pleasing statement, potentially with a subclause betraying a hopeful vision and steps the writer believes would make that vision real.

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 24, 2013, 06:38:03 AM
DEMILICH
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Lichen are a very primitive fungi that's usually the first thing to begin evolving in an ecosystem. Demilich derives it's name not from a single thing, but a combination of "demi" (meaning to derive partly from) and "lich" (being the singular form of the word "lichen"). When you put the two together, you get something along the lines of something deviating from its own nature which is why the album cover has a bunch of subhuman-looking homunculii...

I always thought the "lich" bit in Demilich referred to the Dungeons and Dragons/fantasy kitchen sink sort of lich - this theory is going to make me interpret the music differently.

While I liked his hypothesis, I still think they were referring to undead creatures, not fungi. Or was Cryptopsy's "Lichmistress" supposed to be an ode to some sort of plant-woman as well? Still, it's good food for thought. I'm not intelligent, or bold, enough to put anything forth myself, but keep it up guys! This is good reading.
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Re: Group project: metal esoterica
April 24, 2013, 02:16:28 PM
That was a surprising interpretation. However, homonculus crops up in DND as well: a miniature golem, an automaton infused with a wizard's will, like a remotely controlled drone. The lich and demilich assumptions were fine as they were: a wizard wants greater power along with immortality so he completes the wretched undeath ritual. Demilich is just an ancient, much more resilient form of lich with just a skull, dust and a sort of soul gem as an achilles heel remaining.


Re: Group project: metal esoterica
July 21, 2013, 03:05:21 AM
DEMILICH
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Lichen are a very primitive fungi that's usually the first thing to begin evolving in an ecosystem. Demilich derives it's name not from a single thing, but a combination of "demi" (meaning to derive partly from) and "lich" (being the singular form of the word "lichen"). When you put the two together, you get something along the lines of something deviating from its own nature which is why the album cover has a bunch of subhuman-looking homunculii...

I always thought the "lich" bit in Demilich referred to the Dungeons and Dragons/fantasy kitchen sink sort of lich

You are correct. link

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11. When telling it with a loud voice, the band name DEMILICH could sound like “Demi leech” or something like that… Do you think it’s cool as you may be hidden porn-perverts, or would it sound misplaced as pornogore fans can fuck off? Hé hé. By the way what does DEMILICH mean and why did you choose this name?

I pronounce it like Demi-lick. Which is even more pervert. Still, I had my share of porn/sex linked with music back in 80's, and I think it was merely stupid, so I try to avoid it. I don't have anything against porn, but if in music, it's just a small step out of the very dull genre that most music represents, love. I hate songs about love.
Demilich is simply taken out of role playing games. I didn't play them, but some of my friends did and had those AD&D books full of great pictures and the name popped out of there. I hadn't heard of Demigod, yet, so you cannot blame me for trying to “demi-fy” the Finnish scene.

Re: Group project: metal esoterica
July 21, 2013, 05:23:36 PM
If you find one best to leave it undisturbed (spoiler alert)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demilich_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons)
"The skull will then give off a howling sound equal to a death ray for a 20-foot radius. All creatures within the radius of effect of this howl must save vs. spell or be permanently slain and forever dead."