"The Serpentine Offering" as written by and Thoresen/kopperud/andersen....
My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair
My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair

Evoked and entertained through centuries
Wrathful and sullen--dormant still
The ferocity pervades everywhere
Waiting to be released at last

Hear my offering
Ye bastard sons and daughters
Share my sacrifice
Share my sacrifice

My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair
My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair

My decent is the story of everyman
My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair
My decent is the story of everyman
I am hatred, darkness and despair

Reconcile not with the fear of the snake
But embrace it as your own
Inject it's venom into your veins
And replant the seed that gives growth
Still shrouded in mystery
Until you arise above perception
A veil of ignorance is in motion
Continuing throughout generations

A veil of ignorance is in motion
Continuing throughout multiple generations
Let me be the one that deliver you from the deceit
And back into perfect accordance with the laws of nature

The snake is notoriously tempting
But the snake is fair
What is worse than not knowing?
To live or disappear?

The ferocity pervades everywhere
Waiting to be released at last

Hear my offering
Ye bastard sons and daughters
Share my sacrifice
Share my sacrifice


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"The Serpentine Offering" as written by Sven Kopperud Stian Thoresen

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    General CommentJust saw Dimmu live, and this song was awsome...

    I believe that the line "My decent is the story of everyman " has to do with the morality play of Everman. The play tried to teach that by good deeds alone will you be accepted into heaven or something like that (I very well could be wrong).
    "Reconcile not with the fear of the snake
    But embrace it as your own
    Inject it's venom into your veins
    And replant the seed that gives growth "
    This part sounds like a testement to Satanism, saying that one shouldn't judge it and push it aside because of the fear that a lot of people associate with satanism. Instead they say people should embrace it.

    "A veil of ignorance is in motion
    Continuing throughout multiple generations
    let me be the one that deliver you from the deceit
    And back into perfect accordance with the laws of nature"
    This part makes me even more sure that he is talking about satanism. Satanist believe that we should not fight our animal selfs by placing all of these moral constraints on ourself, because that will acually do more harm in the long run. The song says that the church has been deciving us all for generations, but satanism can free you of that and put one back in balance with nature.
    Pauldentonon May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust saw the video for this song last night on headbangers ball. let me tell you dimmu borgir can make even the dark ages look metal. the new album is going to rape yea thats right its going to rape.
    terrorwalkingon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsaw the video, heard the album, great, great, it's nice to know thad dimmu borgir isn't becoming a shit band (unfortunately this cannot be said for cradle of filth)
    This video remids me somehow of satyricon's "mother north" (even though satyricon is a true black metal)
    unholy_apparitionon May 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood album first concept album right? and thornography isn't completely terrible. a lot of that album does in fact suck compared to shit like midian but Lovesick for Mina is a good song.
    In Sorte Diaboli...on May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand this dude can't spell descent apparently
    In Sorte Diaboli...on May 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And back into perfect accordance with the laws of nature "
    Sounds satanic. Could be LaVeyan, but maybe not.
    heavy_metalon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it could be. But could also be related with paganism (old nordic belifes)

    And I actually like midian, i think it's one of their best later albums, i probably shouldn't bash thornography that much since i haven't listened it but i heard terrible reviews of it; so terrible that i didn't even dared to listen any of the songs from it (i want CoF to stay in good memory LOL)
    but i'm bit off topic here...
    unholy_apparitionon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about some kid who's in training to become a clegyman but the decides he hasn't agreed with christianity since he started and renounces his faith in god and stuff to that effect. Brilliant work.
    In Sorte Diaboli...on May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. The liner notes basically stated everything said above by In Sorte Diaboli and this song is where the story really begins.

    I wish all the songs had the orchestration though, the rest of the cd isnt bad, its a little more brutal, but the orchestration in the older stuff was awesome and kind of made Dimmu stand out and got me into the, but CD's tend to grow on me and their new drummer is awesome so hopefully their music will continue to be good.
    ZionsVillageIdioton May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlove the song. the whole album is about a something century priest who loses faith in christianty. it was an interview, and by the way notice that in the video everytime shagrath says SHARE MY SACRIFICE his boobs start smoking? i think im alone there.
    halfpunkhalfjockon May 22, 2007   Link

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