"Kings of The Carnival Creation" as written by and Stian Tomt/kopperud Thoresen....
Incarnated marvels simplified
Effects from such a disconsolate kind
Impotence of the once so perfect living
Erase and rewind

Stand rigid for the next battle
Peace means reloading your guns
The love for life is all hatred in disguise
A carnival creation with masks undone

In search for the guidelines to the gateways of sin
Through mires of misanthropy with wrath in mind
Sophistication as cruelty and perfection as virulent truth
Confidently dawned, to pick the best of enemies

An abyss womb stretched wide open, exposed to retaliate

With the stigma feasting upon your flesh I wish you well
Thorns from the fountains of fate licking lepered skin
Worshiped by anyone's mass on our planet Hell
What on earth possessed you?
Consuming illusions made from hysteria and swallowed tongues

Devoured by doubt, conducting arts of misconception
Testimonial sufficiency declaring numbness of all perceptions

Glance into the blackness hidden beneath your surface
And enjoy the suffering, sanity drained in disrespect
With such bedeviled faith in good, subsequently trusting evil
Next step for mankind will be the last seasons in sin

With the stigma feasting upon your flesh as I wish you well
Thorns from the fountains of fate licking lepered skin
Worshiped by anyone's mass on our planet Hell
What on earth possessed you?
Consuming illusions made from hysteria and swallowed tongues

Left are the kings of the carnival creation
Carrying out the echoes of the fallen

Sense the withering eternity as it fades away
The ultimate graceless voyage of all times
Only death will be guarding your angels, silently
Cripples joining arms in clamor
Institutionalized for the rebirth, the herd will be hunted


Lyrics submitted by Phrozenspite, edited by OmnipotentIdiot

"Kings of the Carnival Creation" as written by Sven Atle Kopperud Stian Tomt Thoresen

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    General Commentthis song fucking rules i think vortex brings new life to the band and his singing fuckin rules i hope this line up never changes cuz its the best one yet stay (sic) dimmu borgir
    waster666-1on March 08, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationThese lyrics make me think of mainstream religion: mainly, Christianity. Looking at them closely, a lot jumps at me to defend that interpretation:

    "Incarnated marvels simplified" - Religious doctrine tries to take something which is absolute and undefinable (god or gods or the universe) and make it into something like a human being with human wants and agendas. It claims that you can be a beacon of good by following these steps written down or listening to a voice in the whirlwind.

    "Impotence of the once so perfect living
    Erase and rewind" - This is interesting. It implies that humankind was once much, much better than this. Erase and rewind... so we should go back to this state? It's obviously talking about a time *before* most of humanity's history, so maybe... a primitive state? A time in which everyone looked out for themselves without relying on codes of morality that aren't really "moral" at all? The song might be coming back to this at the end.

    "In search for the guidelines to the gateways of sin
    through mires of misanthropy with wrath in mind" - The tenets of Christianity appear to argue for love and humility, but there's a truly dark undertone to a religion which will seriously condemn people who disagree with it to a pit of fire for all eternity. In short, it's not loving and humane at all; it's downright misanthropic, see: crusades, witch hunts, persecutions, etc. The Old Testament has a lot more "ugly" subject matter, but even the religion proposed by the nicer, cleaner New Testament seems subject to this criticism.


    "Consuming illusions made from hysteria and swallowed tongues
    Testimonial sufficiency declaring numbness of all perceptions" - Sadly, faith often becomes an excuse to not think or to ignore the evidence of one's world around them. The accounts of people in the Bible are taken as testimonies verified by the almighty being itself, bought by people who are basically lying to themselves.

    "Glance into the blackness hidden beneath your surface
    And enjoy the suffering, sanity drained in disrespect" - Accepting Christianity as written means, to some extent, becoming indifferent to human suffering. To be fair, people *usually* don't murder each other for being nonbelievers anymore, but being content in the knowledge that those who don't follow your path will suffer endlessly doesn't make you much better.

    "Left are the kings of the carnival creation
    Carrying out the echoes of the fallen" - As prominent and common as Christianity seems, it doesn't hold nearly as much political power as it did in the medieval ages. The very fact that I am able to submit this post which totally tears it apart and not become a social pariah means that the influence and splendor of Christianity has, in a sense, "fallen."

    "Sense the withering eternity as it fades away
    The ultimate graceless voyage of all times
    Only death will be guarding your angels, silently
    Cripples joining arms in clamour
    Institutionalized for the rebirth, the herd will be hunted" - Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what to make of this. Is this a prediction of Christianity's eventual extinction? It does seem to argue that the followers of the Kings are actually rather weak and pathetic, relying on the authority of their numbers to win any battles.

    No offense meant to my fellow man, Christian or otherwise, but this is what I see the song being about.
    To be fair, more and more people are moving away from the whole "Fire and Brimstone" theology and to my knowledge most Christians don't actually wish eternal torment upon their neighbors. The true villains in this song are not members of the *herd*, but the *Kings*, after all: the people who know how twisted the whole thing is and who created this masquerade to make suckers and pawns out of people who might otherwise be decent and respectable.

    As for this song being about self-righteous people who think they're so good when they're not... well, that's an interesting interpretation and it certainly makes the song accessible from different audiences. However, the language here is so carefully crafted I think it's much deeper and more specific than that.

    Hope this helps and rock on.





    BrotherSoothon March 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one commented on this song before me! It's the best song they've ever done. As for it's meaning: it's about how no matter how good of a person you think you are or how mighty people think the human race are we are all really evil inside and we are heading towards our reing.
    deCarabason September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. It's a great song.
    People never learn.
    Lorcadoon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song fucking rules i think vortex brings new life to the band and his singing fuckin rules i hope this line up never changes cuz its the best one yet stay (sic) dimmu borgir
    waster666-1on March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother good song.
    wastedanimosityon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong is amazing and the druming is awsome
    DarkAbysson March 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentdeCarabas states the meaning pretty well. The song does seem to make some references to war. The title "Kings of The Carnival Creation" could refer to rulers and politicians who declare war, create genocide, rule with tyranny, etc, all the things that are merciless to innocent civilians. But you're on the track I'd say.
    kylekrazeon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is perfect in some way,is it the music,the lyrics or sometging else and yet again the words hiddenly mean something about aour world
    about our problem.

    an awsome song rock on dimmu!
    Vredesbyrdon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta carnival (celebration) of mans innate dark side. Enjoy pain, darkness, because its unstoppable force should not leave you in misery - be at one with it. Listen to Dimmu Borgir as you die. >:)
    Necronicon June 02, 2006   Link

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