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Interlude (Dies Irae)

from Hidden from the Sun by Diesel Theory



Recorded by Andrew Hendrickson, produced by Andrew Hendrickson and Thomas Jack, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Austin


Quoted text is Latin to English translation


DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.

“THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say.”

Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

“What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!”

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

“The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.”

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.

“Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes.”

Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.

“Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead.”

Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.

“For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.”

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.

“O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need?”

Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.

“O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!”

Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.

“Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake!”

Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:

“In weariness You sought for me…”


from Hidden from the Sun, track released June 18, 2021
Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keys by Andrew Hendrickson & Thomas Jack, Gregorian Chant for the dead, Dies Irae (sequentia): sourced from recording at the Parish Church of Quatrelle in Mantua, Italy in August 1994, Aurora Surgit (female vocal ensemble) and Alessia Randon (soloist & director) copyright 1995 HNH International Ltd, permission being sought for release.


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Founded in 2000 in Union City, New Jersey. With Hidden From The Sun, the band raises the bar to a new level of musicianship by adding new textures with vocals, harmonies, crushing guitar and bass performances. Each layer compliment the beautiful words they have written. They still sound like Diesel Theory not like anyone else. ... more

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