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  • Eli Valcik

    I really like that album art. Kinda reminds me of a trippier version of Don’t Break the Oath.

    • It’s weirdly mesmerizing – I’ve definitely spend too much time staring at this emptiness.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Seems they’re referencing the album art in the band photo.

  • Iain Gleasure

    I will always endorse Hungary.

    • HeavyMetalHamster

      I’m super hungry. ..

      • Name’s Dalton

        I’m horngry myself.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          Yikes

    • Huck N’ Roll

      My cousin (more Hungarian than I am) had the best quote when I asked her if she could translate the lyrics: “I can’t understand the lyrics, but if they are Hungarian it is a given that they are suffering and loving every minute of it.”

      • Nukenado

        Tamas Katai once said something to that effect, akin to “Hungarian music is always sad for some reason”.

        • Iain Gleasure

          Hmm, I don’t consider Dalriada sad but then I don’t speak Hungarian. What I do find sad is the loss of Hungarian culture in my country. Not many have come since 1956…

  • More metal bands from non-english-speaking countries should utilize singing in their native languages. Results can be really intriguing when phrasing is so strange and unfamiliar like this.

    • I agree. Solstafir is a good example of this, I think. Also, most lyrics are embarrassing anyway, so it’s best not to be able to understand them most of the time. This is also partly why lyric videos are terrible.

    • Eli Valcik

      Windir, sognamål is beautiful.

      • I think Drudkh are my favorite non-English lyricists, the translations fascinate me and the delivery in that tongue always just does it for me. Sólstafir are also right up there.

        • Eli Valcik

          Right with you there, they both got some cool lyrics. I’m just a bit biased towards Windir, the Blacksmith and the Troll of Lundamyri gets me every time.

        • GardensTale

          Though a lot of people seem to agree that Finnish sounds weird, I kinda dig the sound of it on Stam1na’s albums.

          • Never checked them out before, I’ll rectify that presently.

          • basenjibrian

            What about Kauan? Russians living well over 1,000 miles away from the northwestern border who for some reason have chosen to compose beautiful post-metal songscapes in Finnish?
            Is it just Tenhi worship?

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      For some weird reason I find most lyrics in my native language to be lame… unless there’s no weird reason and it is just that most lyrics in Spanish are just plain lame.

      • Let’s agree that most lyrics in metal are just plain lame. I’m talking about this aura of mystery when you can’t decipher a damn word and start to filling it with you’re own vague imaginations. Can you imagine metal in Zulu or Suahili?
        And Spanish sounds awesome. I will definitely start to learn it someday.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I was going to mention that exact “aura of mistery” thing but decided against it because I know English well enough that there is no such mistery involved yet I usually find lyrics in English to be better than in Spanish. I like how you say that Spanish sounds awesome, yet Spanish sounds “normal” to me, likely because of the lack of said aura of mystery.

          • Some languages have, I don’t know, the “right” proportion of vowels and consonants, some elegance in rythm… while the other contain certain unpleasant sounds, or are too hard/too soft in general. Most people love e.g. French and I can’t stand it due to all the wheeze. On the other hand I heard many times that Polish sounds like leaves whistling in the wind. Not very metal.

            Spanish sounds somwhat ‘classy’ to me, plus it can be very manly and imperious, or delicate and sensual, depending on who’s the speaker, male or female. Furthermore, it has the reputation of being fairly easy to learn.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I would say that English is WAY easier to learn than Spanish. Not having learnt any other language, I don’t know if Spanish really is that easy to learn.
            Oh, and I can make Spanish sound both manly AND sensual.

          • Nukenado

            I’ve learned Spanish, and I don’t find it particularly hard, but I only know the basics. I agree Spanish sounds amazing.
            It’s probably because the lyrics suck though. I have the same issue with Chinese bands.

          • GardensTale

            I love the sound of Spanish. It’s the main reason I dig Heroes Del Silencio as well.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Strangely enough I barely listen to any music sung in Spanish.

          • Solrac Avan

            I agree with you, there is a certain charm to words in terms of how they sound, a great example of this, is Lewis Carroll’s jabberwocky poem, and other invented words and terms, or Cortazar´s fictional language; Glíglico.

          • maartje

            You might find it interesting to know that russian black/folk metal band Rakoth recorded a track with the German translation of the jabberwocky poem as text. Very recommended !

        • It is rather remarkable how readily the metal community gives a pass to any given band for shit lyrics. I get it, the music of any metal sub genre is usually miles ahead of more traditionally celebrated fare, and much of the inspirational material can only be expected to produce immature shock lyrics, but the reader/writer in me will often fall in love with a band solely for the lyrics if they’re strong enough.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            On average, Metal lyrics are way better than most other genres or at least you can learn more from Metal than almost any other genre. “The Trooper” is about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, any Sabaton lyric is almost a History lesson, Nile gives you insight on Ancient Egypt’s mythology while Amon Amarth teaches you about Norse mythology. Immolation gives you an informed criticism of Christian Theology. And I wouldn’t know what a Verrucose Urethra was if it wasn’t for Carcass.

          • Frost15

            One of the main things that got me interested in metal was precisely the lyrics diversity and sometimes complexity. I was bored of hearing the same shit over and over again on the radio, where every f**** song was about love, sex or shitty banal topics

          • basenjibrian

            Maybe I am just a fanboy, but I used to love reading Dark Tranquility lyrics, So much more literate than Bieberisms.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I find lyrics sung in Finnish sound corny. Like a few songs on the last Borknagar album made me laugh….I have no clue what they’re saying…..but it sounds funny….lots of “oooo’s” or “uuuuu’s? “.
        German is probably the most metal language.

        • Metsatöll. That is all.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Oooo…Estonian

          • So guttural and rolling… I love it, the folk elements just make it all that much better.

          • Marshlander

            Metsatöll recomendation seconded! Kivine maa and Ussisõnad are two excellent examples of that combination of their gutural language and folk elements for anyone interested.

        • basenjibrian

          Isn’t Borknagar Norwegian?

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Probably. …I don’t fucking know anything.
            Whatever they are singing in makes me laugh.

      • [not a Dr]

        Try Ch’aska. The song Pururauca, to be precise.

    • Nukenado

      A different kind of testament to this;
      Myrkur’s English lyrics vs the non-English lyrics.
      Her English lyrics suck very hard. Very, very hard.

  • Frost15

    Wow, I’m really diggin the embedded track and the artwork. Sounds a lot like late era Enslaved, which is great!

  • Sean Sky

    Definitely gonna check this one out. Digging the embedded track quite a bit so far. It actually reminds me of newer Enslaved a little bit (which I’m totally into).

  • Adam

    Well funny thing that as a Hungarian myself, I have to learn about this band on a foreign site. Tells you something about the metal community here I’m afraid. As for the lyrics, they are akin to folk lyrics – in our country that is. The content is not folk per se, but the delivery and structure is akin to it very much. It actually has meaning (guess on a metaphysical level) and I wouldn’t call it bad by any means. For Hungarian lyrics they are pretty damn good. Stuff sounds pretty interesting.

    • Iain Gleasure

      I don’t suppose Hungarian bands have any songs about the mighty John Hunyadi- the White Knight- guardian of Christendom against the Ottoman Turk? And also incidentally a significant figure in EU4.

      • Adam

        Dalriada has one.

  • SuzyC

    Just torn through their entire discog on Bandcamp. The earlier material shows their blackened roots. Similar to early Alcest or Amesoeurs, but more rock than metal. I like.

  • Iain Gleasure

    Neat! Thank you for this.

  • GWW

    I hate a fucking umlaut.

  • sir_c

    That Hungarian stuff is quite tasty. I like Thy Catafalque (black) quite much, and also Korai Öröm (spacy stuff) are very good, and this band sounds promising. Will listen!