“One More God Rejected”

Believe it or not, there are lyrics in the garbled vocal mess in this song.

The more I listen to this song, the more fascinating it becomes. I’ll start off by saying that unlike many others, Nocturne was not my introduction to the series. I actually started off with Shin Megami Tensei I and IV at the same time and quickly became obsessed with the series. I fell in love with the intro of this theme, and wondered what in the world the vocal craziness in the background was all about.

A few of the battle themes in this game have the same garbled vocals in them, and one day when I was looking through the YouTube comments on one of the songs, I found out that they aren’t just demonic-sounding chants. They’re legitimate lyrics, and most interpretations of them say they’re from high angelic figures speaking out against the Demi-Fiend, which is the main character of our story. In this particular song, I’ve seen interpretations saying that it’s the highest angel Metatron trying to frighten and intimidate the protagonist, and honestly, I just find that so fascinating.

People have all sorts of interpretations as to what the lyrics actually are, and perhaps that’s intentional on Shoji Meguro’s part. It’s meant to be heard differently, other than the most famous lyrics: “One more God rejected.” Here is what I hear:

I’m heaven above outside you
I have your back to the wall
Survived the fall from grace
Drink of the wine of the wrath of God
One more God rejected
I’m heaven above outside you
One more God rejected
I have your back to the wall
One more God rejected
Survived the fall from grace
Thou shall not oppose the wrath of God
Fear
Fear God and give glory to Him
For the hour of His judgement has come to you.
Now
When a thousand years have expired,

Satan will be released
Judgement has come to you.

When you look at it like that, it definitely sounds like it’s Metatron or another angel of some sort trying to intimidate the protagonist. I’ll admit that I am of faith (even though I don’t consider myself part of any religious group), but I still find this so fascinating to listen to. Feel free to leave a comment about your own interpretations! I’d love to discuss further meanings of the song and see what you guys think.

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