I don't have anything to add to the reviews so far, but there was a thing that really bummed me.
I found it very interesting, as a Greek, to see the songtitle Βένετοι - Πράσινοι! But in Greek, οι is pronounced as -ee (unless written οϊ
So the words are pronounced Venet-ee and Prasin-ee (blues and greens), and not Venet-oi and Prasin-oi, as Warlord sings it.
Nevertheless, kudos for correctly pronouncing Βασιλεύς (Vasilephs, and not Basileus)!!!
And sorry for taking so long to reply to this. Let me start off by saying that in general, I of course strive to get things right, but on every album there are a few slips - wether it's a mistake in the playing, or like here a pronounciation issue. And of course I, just as well as all the listeners, need to accept the fact, that as long as I use any other language than my native one(s), Finnish and Swedish, it will never sound native.
Now, getting down to the actual issue at hand here's a few points:
- Languages and the pronounciation change by time and place (dialects)
- The study of historical phonology is much like the study of history itself: little can be carved in stone and it's a constant debate between researchers and academics where in certain times one convention might be the more common prevailing one, and in other times it might change again.
- Greek having been the language of science for such a long time has resulted in a confusing amount of ways of how to pronounciate it. Scientists pronounce it one way, and for example Classical Greek has been taught differently, say, in London in the 16th century and Paris in the 19th century.
- None of the above has much to do with how I pronounce it on the record. This is only to point out, that few things are really as black and white we find ourselves wanting them to be. No matter what Wikipedia tells you...
- Yes, I am - and have been througout - fully aware that in Byzantine Greek, the words would have been pronounced Venet-ee
. However, I chose the so called - and much debated - Ancient/Classical pronounciation because it simply sounds better!!! The streched ending syllables would not have the same effect with the thinner front vowels as they do now with the more powerful back vowels. It's actually pretty common, that pronounciation gets compromised when singing, especially in classical singing, but in any kind of music.
It is what we call... ARTISTIC FREEDOM
EDIT: Moved the whole Greek-discussion from the album-thread to the lyrics-thread.