“HEAVY METAL NEVER WILL BE DIED!” - METALLENGLISCH RECOGNISED AS MINORITY LANGUAGE In the wake of the recent ruling by the UK government recognising Cornish as a protected and promoted language, an international pressure group of metal fans has secured a historic linguistic victory by successfully lobbying the European Council For Cultural Heritage to similarly recognise Metallenglisch as a protected minority language. Metallenglisch is widely spoken among metal fans in Europe and South America, with thousands thought to be fluent and many more believed to be able to understand the language. Although its etymological derivation is not precisely known, Metallenglisch is widely held to have developed from English roots in the early 1980s, reaching the peak of its use when thrash bands such as Destruction, Sodom and Sepultura released popular albums with entirely Metallenglisch lyrics. A representative of the campaign group, believed to be a former and/or current member of Sarcofago, told Terrorizer, “Righteous we get! We belonged that the Council of the Europe Cornish is recognise as the protected languages. There, only couple of thousand speaked this languages and Metallenglisch generally become worldwide speaked. We musted to advertise, to secure that the Europe authoritie gave the recognition to it, that earns it,” adding, “Heavy Metal never will be died!” “Obvious, these are great news for both he talks of the Metallenglish and metalhead worldwide,” remarked Sakis of Rotting Christ, a prominent speaker of Metallenglisch, when approached for comment. “Rotting Christ is use Metallenglisch for total of poetries since in beginnings. We are all the time consider illegals the beatiful tongue is not gave in same level with, more so-called ‘mainstream’ language. These rule notice the symbol of important, that the language is in the development for metal cultivate all in the world.” The European Council’s ruling has significant ramifications across the continent. The towns of Wacken and Eindhoven, for example, will be required by law to ensure that any announcements made by live bands will be made in Metallenglisch. Whether this will make any difference remains to be seen.