Saturday, June 16, 2018

June 2018 Issue

I wanted to let all the readers know that the Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate/Cryptic Void tour went well! I want to thank everyone who helped us out along the way. Whether it was giving us a place to stay, feeding us, or setting up the show. Also major kudos to anyone who bought merch and supported us in any way! Now without further a do here is the June Issue of Cryptic Inscriptions.



                                     "And Yet" Essays by Christopher Hitchens.



   Love him or hate him, it goes without saying that Christopher Hitchens is one of the greatest orators of our time. I found myself captivated by his writings, even though I didn't agree with all the subject matter. I felt like his cynicism towards the holidays was a bit much at times. Yes, I agree that commercialism has taken over, and the real meaning of things have been swept aside,but sometimes you have to look past that in order to be a better person.I definitely enjoyed his piece on Ayann Hirsi Ali and her struggles of escaping from her radical Islamic upbringing. His pieces on Orwell were also very well written, and I enjoyed them very much. It definitely opened up my understandings of the origins of Orwell's thought process and his beliefs. I don't agree with him as far as Marxism and Che Guevara are concerned, but looking past that I can definitely appreciate his other works and respect his opinions.. I'm actually looking forward to picking up "God is not great" when I get the chance. It's a shame that he's not around anymore, but his writings will continue to live on.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May Issue and Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate/Cryptic Void West Coast/Gulf Coast Tour Update

To all the readers:

I've been busy preparing for the upcoming tour with Cryptic Void with my band Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate. So I will not be posting up a new issue this month,but will be posting one up next month instead. Here are my thoughts before we hit the road in two weeks.

 It took many years and a lot of trial and error,so to finally get this off the ground feels like an accomplishment to me. All the previous bands and all the bullshit that led up to this was worth it.I'm also thankful that I get to work with three of the most amazing and dedicated musicians I've ever met.So much appreciation to Frank Faerman, Carlos Villareal, and Ed Martinez. You guys rule and I'm glad that we're getting to do this together!

 Our first show will be kicking off in Houston with all of our friends in DDA, God Fearing Fuck and Ullatec. Then will be hitting up a few more cities in Texas, Arizona,New Mexico,California, and ending everything off at the 719 Grind festival in Colorado Springs.We will have a ton of merch CDs, 7 inches, Shirts, and stickers at these shows too.So buy something and help us get to the next city your support will definitely help and be appreciated!






See you grinders and punks soon!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

March and April Issue Pt 2

Here is the April issue enjoy...


                                Henry Rollins "The First Five" book review

The first five is a collection of poems and essays by Black Flag front man, Henry Rollins. They are written more like a diary combining various experiences that happened over the course of time. The cynicism and anger is definitely felt after every turn of the page. Some of the feelings I can relate to,such as not being understood, or feeling alone and angry at the world. Other times, I almost wish I could of pulled young Henry aside and told him everything is going to be ok. It's astonishing that someone who has inspired others, whether in music, or through some of his quotes and writing, could be so hard on himself and think that he was just a grain of sand on the beach that will never be noticed. I'm sure age has changed Rollins in a way that he has gone above and beyond success, for someone who started as a young punk rock musician.I will say age hasn't slowed him down, even when I saw him live a few years ago. You could still see the intensity in his eyes. The car is going 100 miles per hr and its not stopping for anything or anyone. If you want to get a glimpse of the life of Rollins, I definitely recommend checking this book out.

March and April Issues Pt 1

To all the readers, I want to apologize for these last two issues being late. I have had a lot of personal stuff going on and have been busy with my band Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate as well. First off here is the March issue, a long awaited review that I didn't get the chance to get to but finally put it together!

Enjoy....
  Captain Three Leg vs DSM split review

This split release features two of the Midwest's finest in the current scene of heavy music. First up, is long time running band Captain Three Leg, who delivers nineteen tracks of catchy hardcore punk/noise-core. The lyrics  are tainted with sarcasm and humor, which is definitely apparent in the song titles such as: "Suburban Satanists", "Lyric Sheet Included",  and "White Girls with Ukuleles". I enjoyed the catchy riffs that groove and complement the bursts of noise-core that follow. The instruments and vocals are blended well in the recording, but the bass tone hands down is my favorite as far as the recording quality goes.I like that C3L incorporates instrumental tracks along with their vocal laden tracks. It adds a different dynamic that I think a lot of other bands should take note of.

DSM serves up ten tracks of angry sludge/grind-violence that crushes you like a bulldozer with the angry driver going on a rant. I like the grittiness of the recording, and the mixed back and forth vocal assault between the duo. The slow parts crush and add a dark heavy aspect that's followed by bursts of fast paced mayhem. There's even a bit of a black metal feel that is definitely apparent on tracks like "Ape Hive". It gives off a feeling of isolation and anger that can erupt at any second without warning.  The noise track "Cud" is dark and adds a haunting apocalyptic feel to close off the release.

You can listen to or get the digital download @ bandcamp-https://captainthreeleg.bandcamp.com/album/split-w-dsm


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb Issue and S.B.Fuller

To all the readers I apologize for the lack of a February issue.I've had some personal stuff that I was going through this month that I need to get through,but I will definitely be on track for March. In honor and to close on Black History Month here's a story on a famous American you probably haven't heard of named S.B. Fuller.




 http://www.freedomworks.org/content/profiles-liberty-sb-fuller-0

Read this book if you haven't already:https://www.amazon.com/Questions-About-American-History-Supposed/dp/0307346692

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

First Issue of 2018

To all the readers,

  I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year. Here is the first and newest issue of Cryptic Inscriptions for 2018.



                                    Mortiferum "Altar of Decay" demo 2017

  I recently went to a local death metal show here in Houston and got the chance to check out two old school inspired death metal bands Fetid and Mortiferum. I enjoyed Mortiferum a little bit more so I went and checked out their demo "Altar of Decay" that's up on their band camp page. Hailing from Olympia,Washington Mortiferum has been described as having influences that range from American to Finnish old school death metal. I can definitely agree with the comparison, but the first thing I thought of was Dismemberment, who are one of my favorite death/doom metal bands. I like the old school feel of the recording and the songwriting. I couldn't help but bang my head while listening to this the heavy grooves, soul crushing riffs, and  blast beats all make perfect bedfellows. The synth intros and outros definitely added a darker atmosphere to the tracks as well; this demo kills and I can't wait for the full length.

band camp link-https://mortiferum.bandcamp.com/releases

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Final issue of 2017

Hello readers here is the final issue of 2017. This has been a crazy year,but I'm definitely looking forward to the new year! I will have updates concerning the web zine and other endeavors that I'll be involved with. So without further a do here is the December issue.



                                 Beyond Sensory Experience "The End of it All"

 I have reviewed Beyond Sensory Experience in the past and when I found out they were still active and created another album back in 2016 I decided to jump on the opportunity to review it! Beyond Sensory Experience continues to carry the torch as dark ambient masterminds with their latest album "The end of it all". This sonic landscape of dark atmospheres, sampled voices, and creepy undertones (courtesy of composers K.Meizter and M.Drakh) taking the listener on a dark journey through the rabbit hole and into the dark realm of existence. I love how these guys take the time to make sure every beat, sound, and nuance is just right. These guys would be perfect as far as composing for anything science fiction, horror, or anything generally in the abstract genres. Every album is a progression and I can tell these guys have grown not only as musicians, but as composers as well. If dark ambient is considered the new age of classical these guys are definitely in the high ranks.


Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas,Happy Holiday, and a Happy New Year. See you guys next year.