I have often wondered what inspires a love of horror. Being a dedicated splatterfiend since a child, mine eyes have been subjected to every brutal goring, every scorching acid bath, every mutation and monstrosity. It is perplexing, why we subject ourselves to such horrors, such vile sights and sounds. Clive Barker posits horror as a kind of inverted spirituality, a quest for the sublime, with the monsters and terrors acting as a kind of chapel perilous. I would take this one step further, and call it a quest for the irrational, things that lie outside of order and common sense - night versus day.
This Haunted Everything by New York's Ego Scriptor is a continual derangement of the senses in the form of churning spook show organs and surreal, disorienting lyrics that would make Arthur Rimbaud preen. It sounds like a glam rock musical in the ballroom of Disney's haunted mansion, a soundtrack for doombuggies and the deceased. It's spooky, to be sure, but it's also slinky and sexy, mysterious and magickal.
This Haunted Everything is worth picking up and checking out for the intriguing liner notes alone. Ego Scriptor speaks about art and artifice, diamond-studded cuffs, masquerade masks and Sisyphus. In this, Ego Scriptor imagines a sideshow tent as a modern day Eleusis issuing nonsense and portentous omens in equal measure.
There are a lot of great aspects of living the future - increasing equality, interconnectedness, the access to lots and lots of brilliant art, but at the same time, we are losing something, as black magick marketers measure our every movement, creating arcane formulae to be etched in chalk on stone floors. The simulacrum will not be stopped - everything will be absorbed into its hall of mirrors.
Ego Scriptor's demented organs and pummeling beats act as a sledgehammer, smashing the mirrored walls for us to emerge squinting into the sunlight. There may be terror in uncertainty and unpredictability. We live like animals, huddled in our caves, afraid of mudslides and mountain lions. But off of the grid, and off of the map, lie wonder and mystery, surprises and delight. Real love, soul connection, freedom... And like the great state of New Hampshire reminds us, "Live Free Or Die."
Ego Scriptor is here to remind you to be not afraid. They are here to guide you by the hand and lead you through the darkness.
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