I’m a huge metalhead, but as I’ve gotten older I have gotten into Death Metal a lot more; so much so that I’ve been learning how to do the guttural vocals without fucking my throat up in the process. One of my favourite bands is Behemoth, but I can find their lyrics questionable at times but the music itself is fantastic nonetheless (to me anyway).
Well, they done a song called ‘Daimonos’ where they refer to Dionysos and even put in a part of Orphic Hymn 45 to Dionysos in the song which is what I want to mainly focus on. The excerpt from the hymn starts round about 2:30 and lasts for nearly 20 seconds.
Begot from Thunder, Bacchus fam’d
Bassarian God, of universal might
Whom swords, and blood, and sacred rage delight”
Hearing this then got me thinking, since Dionysos is a loud roaring, noisy god; I’m sure this form of music would be pretty decent for Dionysian worship. Being able to ‘roar’ is also quite ecstatic to me when it is done correctly. If only I could harness my vocals and find some like minded folk so Dionysian extreme metal could be a reality, but alas.