Between In Extremo
and Corvus Corax
, both with readily available lyrics for their songs, the following languages are represented, arranged by frequency:
German (53), Latin (48), Old French (14), Old German (13), Middle High German (7), Old Spanish (6), Swedish (4), English (3), Norwegian (3), Old Norwegian (2), Greek (2), Icelandic (2), Rotwelsch (2), Azerbijani (1), Breton (1), Estonian (1), French (1), Gaelic (1), and Hebrew (1).
Add a smattering of other medieval and folk bands (Omnia
) and to that list is added Scots, Middle English, Finnish, and Hungarian.
That's 11 Germanic languages, 5 Romance, 3 Finno-Urgic, an Altaic, a Semitic, a Celtic, and a Hellenic.
And every one of these bands is German (with the exception of Omnia, which is Dutch).
I've said for a while that listening to (and identifying the languages used in) medieval folk and metal is practically a course in Western philology. I cannot imagine any other genre with such a high language-to-band ratio, and am consistently impressed with the research some of these bands (especially the first two) do into medieval texts to find some of these.