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Language barrier's bad

2010.08.11 21:45


Recently I have grown really interested in the band called The Black Dahlia Murder. Although I have known them for a long time since I saw a vocal cover of the song 'Closed Casket Requiem,' it was not until a couple of weeks ago when I realised how awesome the band was. Of course, the talent of the band is outstanding, in that they show the fact that metal is fast and aggressive, yet requires a lot of practice and talent. In fact, both instruments and vocals are consummate of metal music.

The Black Dahlia Murder


However those two factors are not even enough to achieving the real appreciation of the music. Yes, metal music is not only about the guitar riff and growling, but also about the themes which artists are keen to convey. By and large, those themse and feelings are transferred by a means of lyrics. Just to let you know, to me The Black Dahlia Murder's lyrics were a pure shocking and cathartic experience because they are so 'metal' yet poetic.

Alas, but for non-English speaking people those lyrics are so far to reach. Being a person whose English is a second language, I know how they feel; how can one truely claim that he listened to the song if he has not been able to perceive and comtemplate on the lyrics? Of course, sometimes lyrics can be translated, but how can a subtle meaning of delicately chosen words be preserved in the transitional process to another language?

I guess there is nothing much we can do about this, since the English is the main language of the world. Some might insist that everyone should learn English so as to truely comprehend the music, but for so many people it is a long shot. The door to eargasm is right there, but with the language barrier, the doorknob is so out of reach. :(

vassleen English/Thoughts ,

  1. that's the sad reality.....English is still No.1 for everyone to learn in Korea!! nice article~ ^^

  2. i know... how good would it be if people could enjoy the every subtle meaning of lyrics, without worrying about language? thanks for your feedback!