Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sept and Oct Issues Pt 2

In the spirit of Halloween here is the Oct issue!

   Oct Issue: Tales of Halloween

 I recently discovered this film not to long ago and was a bit skeptical of it at first. I've always been a big fan of Halloween based horror anthologies. Though the more recent films have been disappointing. Surprisingly "Tales of Halloween"  was actually a pretty enjoyable watch. Each of the stories varying from tales of demon children, to witches, aliens, serial killers, demons and a killer pumpkin?? With a different spin each time from the ten different directors that took part in the creation of this film. Different perspectives of the directors gave it an"Tales from the Crypt" or "Masters of Horror" type vibe. Mixing the stories up with more of a darker comedy vibe such as "Friday the 31st" and "This Means War" broke the tension from the more darker tales like " Trick" and the "Weak and the Wicked" and just gave the film a bit more variety. Now for me the classic anthologies will always be "Tales from the Dark side,", "Creepshow," and "Trick R Treat." "Tales of Halloween" stands its ground and adds another collection of creepy tales to the tradition of all hallows eve.

Sept and Oct Issues pt 1.

To the readers I apologize for the delay on the issues coming out. For those that didn't know I turned 30 last month, and decided for the Sept issue to review the first album I ever received 18 years ago. So without further ado here is the Sept issue:

Metallica "Ride the Lighting"
   It feels like yesterday when about 18 years ago  I recieved my first introduction into heavy metal and later underground music. I remember on my 12th birthday being excited about recieving the "Ride the Lighting" CD.  I immediately popped the CD into the radio and hearing the clean melodic intro which would then burst into the heavy fast riff of "Fight Fire with Fire". It hit a nerve with me that has stuck with me to this day. Every time I hear that first riff of that song I just can't help but feel like I want to go ape shit. I feel like even though Metallica was already working on more commercial based material on this recording like tunes such as "Fade to Black" and even "Escape" they still made an impact with killer thrash numbers like "Trapped under ice", "Ride the Lighting", "Creeping Death" and "Fight Fire with Fire". "The Call of Kthulu" is an instrumental masterpiece and is a great ending for this record. Its beauty and mystery meshes well with the dark and heavy. While I enjoy "Kill em all" and "Master of Puppets", "Ride the Lightning" will continue to be my favorite of the classic three. Mainly for its intensity as well as its creativity in the songwriting. I have to give respect to Metallica regardless of what their currently doing or even if the music they create now isn't to my taste. They continued to innovate, create, and still continue to do what they love to do no matter the obstacles. Most bands are vanquished in little time, but Metallica continues to go forward and inspire. They inspired me to look forward and to realize I wasn't alone, that because I didn't follow what was normal made me an individual and would pave the way for the creative path I took. This album will always be one of my favorites no matter how much time passes.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Flowers for BodySnatchers "Aokigahara"LP Review

I apologize to the readers for the Aug issue being late. I'm currently preparing for a Sept issue which should be up in the next week or so. Better late than never, here is the Aug issue of Cryptic Inscriptions.

Flowers for BodySnatchers "Aokigahara"LP 

  This artist and this release had to be one of my favorites from last year and might actually be one of my favorite dark ambient releases of all time. Australia's Flowers for Bodysnatchers mastermind Duncan Ritchie not only knows how to compose and arrange music, he knows how to tell a story and give a sense of emotion to it. The themes in this release entitled "Aokigahara" (the famed Suicide Woods of Japan) give off the vibes of  darkness, sadness, and the unknowing tension of whether or not the person will carry out their end after the completion of their journey. I feel personally that in the darkness some hope may still reside, but its up to the traveler if he/she is willing to start over. Haunting atmospheres and beautiful yet melancholy piano lines are at the forefront of the compositions that make up this recording along with chants and other haunting sounds. Almost similar to the real life woods the recording is based off of this album definitely gives off a very dynamic feel where beauty meets beast, order meets chaos and  life meets death . I feel with these ambient releases they are best listened to from start to finish to give the over all feel or message the album is trying to portray. I recently found out that Richie is working on new compositions and has a new album in the works. I look forward to hearing his new works, but "Aokigahara" will always hit a nerve with me.

Monday, July 4, 2016

"Nice Guys" Movie Review

Before things get crazy again here is the July issue of the zine! Hope everyone has a happy 4th!

"Nice Guys" Movie Review:

This recent movie release, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, is a definite win for fans of crime and comedy. The movie takes place in the late 70’s and follows the unlikely duo Holland March (Gosling) an alcoholic private eye down on his luck with family problems whose only moral compass is his teenage daughter (Angourie Rice)  and Jackson Healy (Crowe) an enforcer who has his own demons that dwell within a bottle. The unlikely pair team up to find a missing girl connected to the porn industry and much bigger conspiracy that goes over their heads. The characters at the start of the film have a loathe and fear relationship and as the film progresses the two seem to gain some bit of respect for each other ad mist March's clumsy antics and Healy laying down the law with his fists. The director Shane Black did a fantastic job on the film right from the impact of the opening scene to the question of what happens next at the closing scene. It was refreshing to see a comedy that was made in modern times, but had the vibe of days gone by written all over it. This dark comedy had all the sleaze and the violence of 1970’s LA smoking all over it like the barrell of recently fired gun at the same time being a metaphor from a time when Americas glamour became to fade away at the tail end of the 70’s to the beginning of the 80’s.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June Issue Corvid Canine"At the left hand of chaos sits eros, at its right thantos" LP Review

Now here is the June issue of the zine! Thanks again for everyone's patience,and no worries more issues will be on the way.

Corvid Canine " At the left hand of chaos sits eros, at its right thantos" LP

I've been a fan and a personal friend of Matt Borders for some time and have always taken an interest in his projects from Corvid Canine to his more atmospheric project the Sepia Raven. Now a days there are not to many artists that grab my attention and I have to say upon first listen I was really drawn into his latest release from Corvid Canine "At the left hand of chaos sit eros, at its right thantos.” The musical approach is very reminiscent to Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Igorrr, Whourkr, and Aphex Twin while the vocal approach is very angry, emotional, and sad at times. The chaotic mixture of aggressive and fast to subtlety and beauty make great bedfellows in the wake of the destruction left behind. The mix is done very well and all the sounds compliment each other and not over produced, but not ear garbage either. The metaphysical concepts that sow their way into the titles and lyrics are definitely a win as well! So to sum it up in a nutshell what I appreciate most about this release is regardless of the influences that might have created this album musically or lyrically the entity takes a life of its own and shines on its own which seems to be rarity in this day and age. I can go on naming countless bands that imitate, but few that take on their own likeness and whether you agree with me or not Corvid Canine has created its own identity which separates it from the others. I look forward to hearing more music from this insane genius!

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Late May issue Review of "Smile You're Traveling" by Henry Rollins

To all the readers I sincerely apologize for the May issue being so late. Have had a lot going on in my personal life and just been way busier than usual. Here is the May issue and I'll be posting a June issue as well! I'm excited to say I'll be seeing this man perform in Nov as part of his spoken word tour! So here is the May issue of Cryptic Inscriptions:

 Smile You're Traveling by Henry Rollins

I have been a fan of Henry Rollins from his days with Black Flag to the spoken word material he has done. I feel good, but bad that I only recently checked out his post Black flag project the Rollins band. I really enjoyed the sheer intensity in the music itself and the honesty of Rollins lyrics. Its one of the first times I have heard someone else's lyrics and have felt a connection with them, motivating me to beat the odds. So being the person I am I decided to go further and check out one of Rollins books. I did end up finding a copy of "Smile You're Traveling" at a used book store in Texas and decided to give it a go . I found out from the first few chapters when it comes to Rollins you either love him or hate him or at times both. I felt like the first half of the book was up and down challenging than a breeze to get through. The second half of the book I enjoyed a lot more and breezed through it like nothing. After reading I felt at moments that I could connect with what Rollins had to say while other times I felt like he was a bit insensitive and inconsiderate. He seemed to mope continuously about being alone then brushed it off like he did not care. He also came off that he felt bad that his music was not reaching a wide audience and concert attendance was lame, but then would say he didn't care and that he was not interested in what was going on today. His cynical approach can get to be a bit much at times and he contradicts himself at times as well. On the other hand he makes valid points that make you respect him. The way Rollins expresses his feelings towards marriage, 9-5 jobs, people loathing in their own misery they create for themselves, modernization, the industry killing the music scene, musicians not really standing out, and feeling alone at times not because they want to fit in because the world has become far from relatable are things I have been thinking about for years before I even read this book or knew much about Rollins. To see someone else express the same feelings as I have felt refreshing. So all in all, this book is definitely an emotional roller coaster of the life of one Henry Rollins. He is a man who is so far driven that he has no time for anyone and it does not bother him and processes he will soldier on till he cannot anymore. He is dedicated to his craft and lives with a do or die attitude that I respect immensely. I definitely recommend checking out at least one of his books to gain the experience the only thing I really want to tell Rollins personally is "Just remember to smile you're traveling."

Friday, April 29, 2016

Movie Review "The Last Temptation of Christ)

 To the readers I apologize, I've been busy since I moved to Texas in the beginning of the month,but here is the April Issue enjoy!!

Review   “The Last Temptation of Christ"

 This 1988 film by Martin Scorsese is based off of a book that carries the same title by author, Nikos Kazantzakis.  It has been a target for controversy and protest since it first came to life, due to the content which was conceived. The plot of the book, as well as the film, concerns the life of Jesus Christ before his ministry and his ongoing battles of doubt, temptation, and belief that he was not the Messiah that was prophesied in early biblical scripture. Before the film even begins, it states- just like the novel- that none of the story is based off of the gospels, which have been the basis of what people believe to be the most accurate to the life that Jesus might have actually lived. If any of it is true, I don't think we will ever know, since most of the accounts were written after his death, and the debate of his existence has been speculated for years. The film, however, was made really well, and definitely makes you think about certain aspects not just in Jesus's life, but more so the life of man himself, and the temptations he deals with in daily life.  Scorsese never disappoints when it comes to setting and dialogue, and I felt he portrayed the story and message of the film in a brilliant way. In this particular story, the character of Jesus is portrayed more as a mortal man who had various feelings and doubts of what his purpose really was.  It has been stated many times, that he was created in the image of man.  However, with a purpose being to free the human race from oppression, how could he have been able to relate, if he didn't share the same feelings  such as anger, doubt, depression, fear and lust that mortal man is faced with on a daliy basis?  The biggest part of the controversy was his temptation of lust, and visions of himself engaging in sexual activities with Mary Magdalene, which is actually brought on when he is  tempted to leave the cross  to be with Magdalene, get married, have children, and grow old like any mortal man. Now while some might depict this as blasphemous, I depict it as being logical in a sense, since man has been tempted to do wrong and stray from the right path for many years.  Even for him, being tempted would have kept him from doing the right thing or fulfilling his purpose. To me, this was more or less showing the human side of Jesus, and the constant torment he could have endured to take the easier path and not full fill the mission he was sent to do. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and what they think, but I think this story is less biblical and more or less shows that even the holiest of men can fall into temptation.