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.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"The Witch" Movie Review

March issue has been posted as well. Enjoy...

"The Witch" movie review

The recently released horror film, "The Witch," has been getting a lot of hype since its release back in mid-February. The psychological horror film, which is the directorial debut of film maker, Robert Eggers, brings a different take on the horror genre, showing that man’s fears can be far more terrifying than myths.  It basically showed that man’s fears and ideas implanted by religion, government, and tradition, can drive them to do insane things, some of which still happen to this day. The variety of occult symbolism, and the embodiment of female empowerment, definitely showed face in the film as well.   This would have definitely hit a chord for that time period, when woman were suffering oppression, and free thinkers were often killed for their beliefs. I almost felt that the witch itself was a manifestation, or symbol, for the bad happenings that would befall the family, and the lingering horror that still dwells to this day, where despair seems to run rampant. I felt that these were great points to bring up, and I felt the execution on it to some point was done pretty well. My main complaint about the film was that I felt it dragged at certain parts, and that points could have been made sooner.  I also felt that it needed more action, to cut the tension of the story, and keep the viewer enticed. I was waiting with anticipation for something to happen, yet I was left still waiting in the end, which was a bit disappointing. The few scenes of gore definitely hit a curb with me and helped break the tension a bit, but I felt like a little more of that might have helped the film out a bit to even out the dialogue and message. I'm not going to write off and say this was an awful film, because it was definitely the contrary, but I think someone who isn't much for extensive dialogue  might find the film a bit lack luster. I suggest checking it out, and giving it a chance, but if you're expecting horrific gore throughout, you will be disappointed

Feb Issue up. Review on John Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns"

hello everyone,

Sorry it took me a bit and that the Feb issue is late,but to make up for it. I'll be posting up a separate post with the March issue as well.

Here is the Feb issue enjoy!

"Cigarette Burns" Movie Review

  "La fin absolue du monde,"  “The absolute end of the world,” is a film within the film depicted in the eight installments in the Masters of Horror series, entitled "Cigarette Burns."  Directed by well-known film maker, John Carpenter (The Thing, They Live, Halloween, Vampires") it unveils the madness within man that he blindly can't see for himself. Carpenter paints a macabre portrait, revolving around all the characters involved, as they all eventually see the horror and torment within themselves that drives them to the brink of insanity.  The main characters, Kirby Sweetman (played by Norman Reedus) and the private film collector who hires him, Mr.Bellinger (Udo Kier) are both tormented by their dark past.  Kirby is tormented by the death of his wife and the guilt that is brought to him by his father in law.  While Bellinger's past isn't described too much in the film, it’s implied in the early and late stages of the film that he harbors dark demons within. The chilling climax brings to full circle what the film ends up bringing out in both characters.  The concept is brilliantly executed, and the idea of underground and banned films has always been a fascination to me since I got into the underground film genre. I think what I loved most about the film itself is man’s obsession with the unknown, wanting to know what lies ahead no matter how horrifying it may be.  Film makers and writers can make or break an audience by what they often show or write, and sometimes hearing about it isn't enough.  Only true revelations can be revealed by what the eyes see and the mind interrupts.  The journey and the search can bring clues that in the end will either cause the progression of the soul or the total destruction of it.  I don't want to give too much away, and I feel like writing a synopsis of each scene will ruin the experience.  I figured it'll be better for one to see it and enjoy the journey as much as I did. As the film itself states, "Some films are meant to be seen".