Through the fiery caverns we sail
Virgil at my side my guide and master
Questing through the nine plains of hell
Infernal wisdom shall fill my soul
Slowly now the days departing
The darkened air releases me
Frightening visions of my journey
Entrance me to limbo I'm not
Free

Abandon all hope who enter here
Enter the gates, Charon awaits

Abandon all hope who enter here
For this is where all things are left behind
Every doubt and every cowardice must die
Souls of rage and anger whipping in despair

The souls that wail on this plain pray for death
Denial is the reason for their suffering
Forever being stung by wasps and demons breath
The blood and tears that fall serve the maggots need

Descention, thrusting to the second plain
Minos judges as his tail twines
Lustful thoughts and greed whip these wretched souls
A hurricane of hate mocks their helpless pleas

Drifting now down deeper, into eternal flames
Awake at the third circle, the cold and filthy rain
Punished for their gluttony, languid for all time
The earth it stinks of corpses, damned for all time
The vicious beast Cerebus, three heads, blooded eyes
Tears his talons through the air, all the skinners cry

Down, be still thy cursed wolf
The master scorns its name
Dive to the next plain
The sullen and the vain
Suffer for greed
The prodigal they bleed
For all eternity
Plutus holds the key

Damned, the wrathful and the vain
Suffer the fifth plain
Cross the river Styx
Heed your crucifix
The mudded corpses cry
Howling to the sky
Reach the other side
Open wide the gate

Enter the sixth circle of barren land and flames
Passing through the gate of dis the furies scream her name
Belching forth in agony invoking her to rise
The spirit's rage consuming us the evil in their cries
Queen of vipers, queen of serpents
Cast their souls to stone
Spread to wealth of Gorgon's power
Medusa's inner soul

We're drawing ever closer to the seventh hell
They violate their neighbors, their god and themselves
We're sailing slowly through the boiling river of blood
Immersed in the depths below souls scream in agony
The twisted beast he laughs, he draws his arrow back
His sights on anyone exposing of their flesh
He impales their hearts with ease
And shrugs their piercing screams
Pity is they'll never die
They'll suffer here eternally

Imagine a place where every horror comes to life
Where every torture is real and time stands still
Eight fiery steps and we're closer to the end

In a cold and timeless grave buried head first in shit
Praying all the while for a quick & painless death
Scratching furiously at scabbed and oozing wounds

Lucifer ... angel of light
Cast below god of ice
Ruling hell unholy trinity
The traitors freeze for all eternity
Lucifer ... betrayer of god
Tormentor ruthless and cold
Judas' screaming here in agony
The traitors freeze for all eternity


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Dante's Inferno song meanings
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    General Comment...based upon "the inferno" by dante, a medieval poet. the book actually goes through hell, purgatory, and heaven, but i've only gotten halfway through hell. it's pretty hard to stay interested in an epic poem translated from 14thC italian.

    anyway, what i really want to know is this: does anyone out there have the lyrics for the latin chanting that's going on in the background? it's at about the 14 minute mark, i think before the last verse. i'm taking latin (and no, i don;t know why. but, my sat scores were pretty nice) anyway, i want to translate it, and find out what they're saying
    shamandownon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLUCIFER
    ANGEL OF LIGHT
    CAST BELOW
    GOD OF ICE
    HEADBANG
    Drachenflighton June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a journey through the 'Nine Planes of Hell', with each new plane bringing something new and demonic.
    NothingManon June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne mother of a long song, but in my opinion every second of the song is worth it and great.
    the_edgecrusheron August 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOne mother of a long song, but in my opinion every second of the song is worth it and great.
    the_edgecrusheron August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShamandown; I dont have those latin lyrics, but I do think that those are just some satanic mantra's, maybe not, but they would fit into the song.
    JozzyJosbourneon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually the chanting isn't Latin or from any Satanic mantra, it's just some gibberish Jon made up because he wanted some chanting that sounded evil. Even though it doesn't mean anything it certainly does sound evil.
    Paradoxon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a 16 and a half minute masterpiece
    GreatRedGoaton March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentParadox is right.. it said so on their website. And this song is basically a musical version of the Book "The Inferno of Dante" When I read the book, i was just amazed on how much they accurately portrayed it. Down to Charon, who was the boatman that brang them into hell. If anyone has the chance to read the book, read it. Its a bit hard to follow, but the last cantos (chapters) are just amazing.
    schaffersmygodon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHell, read Purgatorio and Paradiso while you're at it. They're all three exquisite, if you've the patience for it.

    And the song is a sixteen and a half minute long aural orgasm, I swear.
    empire of dirton June 11, 2003   Link

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