Let There Be Night

| 4 mins | Bob
tags: music

The heavy-metal song Let There Be Night by Powerwolf was first released on the album Blessed & Possessed1 by Napalm Records in 2015.

Attila Dorn – the vocalist of the band – is known for singing lyrics partly in latin (e.g. Lupus Dei in the same named album from 2007). In Let There Be Night the chants are sung in a different language tho. Most sources say its Hebrew but if you compare it with it’s corresponding verses in the Bible (Genesis 1:3)2 you’re not finding any similarities with the sound of the vocals. Speaking of that, the actual lyrics for those strophes aren’t written anywhere. Metal enthusiasts and fans of Powerwolf know the language as “Attilaian” which he made up by himself and most likely cannot be understood by any other person.

Most recently in 2018, an official cover of the song was published on the second CD of the limited deluxe edititon of the album The Sacrament Of Sin3. In this cover by Kissin’ Dynamite, all lyrics are in English language. You could expect the verses to be a more or less 1:1 translation of the Attilaian lyrics as the line counts and lengths match pretty good. Unfortunately those aren’t written anywhere as well.

So I’ve done some research and repeated listening to come up with some usable lyrics. You can find the original Attilaian and the cover’s translation side by side here:

Blessed & Possessed The Sacrament Of Sin
bo so yo tor
e ro re sai
e re sa re de cera ron
yo ro re se
yo o re da ra
sa yo se re cara
Before the dawn
We all abide
May the dark be a sovereign
In midnight light
We praise our lord
For all the pale lunar light
yo bo re so
yo ma ra ra
so yo care re ne mar o
yo ve le tai
yo so le po ro
toy yo sor re ci rai
The sun has gone
Beyond the skies
Days have come to the final end
No more we hide
We raise the sword to glory bound
Side by side
Let there be night
God bless the father, the son
Let there be night
And day be gone
Let there be night
The mass of dark has begun
Let there be night
And damn the sun
Let there be night
God bless the father, the son
Let there be night
And day be gone
Let there be night
The mass of dark has begun
Let there be night
And damn the sun
E sa ra ro
Yo ra re sai
Ho re seti yo hana no
Da re ra me
Yo so re te
Sa ta yo se re cara
Before the fall
We all decline
May the moon be our savior
In twilight high
We roam and dead for
God we drink sanguine wine
Yo bo ra mo, yo ho ra ta
Se rata ya ye cera roy
Re ro re se, yo bo ra na se
Ah ri se re ma ta
The father’s call the Cross desired
Raise your cup to the fallen saints
At dawn we die by grace divine
Oh dawn, the dusk be our guide
Let there be night
God bless the father, the son
Let there be night
And day be gone
Let there be night
The mass of dark has begun
Let there be night
And damn the sun
Let there be night
God bless the father, the son
Let there be night
And day be gone
Let there be night
The mass of dark has begun
Let there be night
And damn the sun

  1. Listen on Spotify

  2. Compare to the Hebrew verses on BibleHub 

  3. Listen on Spotify