Cryptidography

by Hex Map

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"Cryptidography" is a loud, textural rock album about cryptozoology, the apocalypse, and dying cold and alone at the bottom of the ocean.

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released November 16, 2010

Hex Map is Nick Burgess and Mike Gintz.

All songs written and performed by Hex Map.
Recorded and mixed by Hex Map in A Black Hole, Brighton, MA and Former Short House, Somerville, MA.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA.
Assistant mastering engineering by Maria Rice.
Artwork by Hex Map.

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Hex Map Boston, Massachusetts

Hex Map on record is Mike and Nick. Hex Map in the flesh is Mike and Nick and Evan and Scott.

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Track Name: The Documentarian I
After everyone dies it's hard to find something to do with your time.
After everyone dies it's hard to find something meaningful to do with your life.
Track Name: The Documentarian II
So I woke up on a concrete slab in a cemetery, and I packed up all the food I had and continued toward the sea.
I walked down through the city where the people used to live.
And the sun climbed in a hazy sky, casting amber rays on the crumbling buildings left behind when the people went away:
A ghost town rotting on the shore of a blackened lake.

If I write it down, will anyone remember?
If I write it down and someone comes along, if there's anyone paying attention...
If I write it down, will anyone discover?
If I write it down and someone comes along, if there's anyone paying attention, a world's end written out, a last remnant.

There's a heavy stillness broken only by the pounding waves on an unyielding expanse of sand, lifeless and grey.
Empty vessels on the shoreline, hulls rusting away with holes.
But there's something lurking underneath the surface, vague and slow:
A dark shape rising up from deep below.

I last saw...?
Can't remember.
I last saw...?
Is there anyone in the world?
Track Name: Malawi Terror Beast
I wanna take you home into my secret cave!
I wanna lay you on my wolf skin rug, rip your leg off, roast it and eat it!
Does that sound so bad?

I don't get too many visitors these days.
Are they all dead or did I scare them away?
Mind the skeletons; I didn't have time to clean up.

I wanna show you my collection of skulls!
You're so impressed that I'm so knowledgeable.
I wanna get inside of your head, ohh...

I wanna make you give into my desires.
I wanna spill my guts to you by the fire, then spill your guts in the fire.
I'm so alone.

I just want some company.
I just want someone to comfort me.
I just want some sympathy.

I just want some company.
I just want someone to be with me.
I just want some empathy.

I wanna lead you deep into the woods.
I wanna spend some quality time together.
I wanna put my selfish days to rest.
I want someone to offer up their flesh when I want it.
Track Name: Living Fossil
I should be dead and fossilized, but I'm awake and I'm alive.
And I know it scares you too: my weathered skin and sunken eyes and broken teeth...
And I'm just as surprised as you that I'm alive.

I know it scares you that I haven't died.
Should be extinct, shouldn't be alive.

I weathered storms of acid brine, and crawled ashore 'neath blackened skies.
And I know much more than you: I've been around since ancient times.
You're young and foolish, and I am old and wise, so you can step aside.

I know it scares you that I haven't died.
Should be extinct, shouldn't be alive.
I know it scares you that I'm still around.
Should be extinct, and underground.
Track Name: Hokkaido Wolf
You were mistaken to believe that you could cut me out,
That you could thrust me from the world, that you could have no doubt
That one wolf, not one wolf would survive, not one wolf would be left alive.

Over the mountains, through the trees, a shadow seeks you out
Drawing on dwindling energy and memories surrounding one wolf
Not one wolf would survive, not one wolf would be left alive.

Watching from the darkness while you congratulate yourself.
You'll celebrate and gloat, until I clamp my jaws around your throat.

My recollections fade away; so many years have passed.
I'm getting further every day, no memories could last.
Not one wolf, not one wolf would survive. Not one wolf would be left alive.

Strychnine laced: a carcass. Don't eat it.
I promised I would find you and clamp my jaws around your throat.
Track Name: Red Headband
Hello there! Who's your prey? I hope for your sake that it's not me.
Turn your attention to the other party guests, and I'll give you some free advice:
The yeti is weak and alone.
The wendigo's insatiable, but everyone knows
The sweetest temptations are naive; they don't know you're like me: a killer.

The more you do it, the better it gets.
The more you do it, the better it gets, and you'll never be satisfied.
I never was satisfied.

They say that the journey is its own reward; I'd have to disagree.
i say the reward's rewarding when it's utter fucking ecstasy.
You deny it, but I know, deep inside, your long and bloody legacy just fills you with pride.
I think you'll find it's easy to embrace what I know you to be. I love it!

The more you do it, the better it gets.
The more you do it, the better it gets, and you'll never be satisfied.
I never was satisfied.

They'll say, "Oh God, please, no, I don't wanna be a part of your master plan!"
They'll know the godawful truth when they hear the last beat of their heart in your hand.
You'll say "Oh, Mister Band, you are such a trickster! I should have seen this coming, man."
You'll know you're fucked when you hear the last beat of your heart in the mouth of Red Headband.

Red Headband
Red Headband
Red Headband
Track Name: Lazarus Taxon
It's not as if I was brought up without hope
I always thought we'd find a way to finally grow
But everything kept dwindling...
And everyone...

And everyone was skeletal
I thought we'd find...
Track Name: Zombie Taxon
Dead in the mud of a riverbank. I believe nothing; it's all fake.
One day, got up and walked away. I believe in nothing but mistakes.

Nobody wants to be crazy, and nobody wants to be all alone.
Nobody wants to be crazy, nobody wants to be all alone.
But you are at least one of those.

Fell in a flashflood waterway. You reveal nothing; it's all bait.
Best to get up and walk away, cause I believe in nothing that you say.

Nobody wants to be crazy, and nobody wants to be all alone.
Nobody wants to be crazy, nobody wants to be all alone.
But you are at least one of those.

You look so cold and tired.
Take a load off your mind.
It's not as bad as it seems.
It's not as bad as it seems, unless it actually is.

I'm not convinced that you exist, but I admit I find the concept hard to resist.
Track Name: Zeuglodon
Do you ever feel like you're drowning, like a giant black tentacle's wrapped round your leg
and it's pulling you down into the murky black depths as you gurgle and beg and you say
"No, this can't be happening! This is not possible!"

And your stinging eyes fill with dread - You're surrounded by the void, blue cadavers of your family and friends.
It's surreal, and you're sounding desperate waterlogged screams as your sink to the bed, and you say
"No, this can't be happening! This is not possible!"

And you stare into an eye so red, and a voice says
"How many corpses do you have to see before you believe that everyone's dead?"

Did you ever feel the sensation of a rusted harpoon tearing into your flesh
when it's pulling you up into the tangled black mass of a fisherman's net, and you say
"No, this can't be happening! This is impossible!"

As you gasp and sputter for breath - You've been captured by a ravenous crew who want to hasten your death.
They will feed on your carcass, then eat all of your friends until no one is left.
You'll never understand. You'll never suffer this. It is impossible.

Until you look into my eyes, and then you see you're just like me.
How do you cope when everyone close to you dies?

A struggle to keep your head above the surface.
It's pulling you down; that must be rough!
Kicking and screaming with no assistance must be rough.
Track Name: Skin-Walker
Look into my eyes and you will see there's nothing there reflected.
An animal pelt hanging over my back, a magical spell, protected.

I'd kill my family to change my shape: all sense of self, rejected.
Look into my eyes and you will see there's nothing there reflected.

You only think you know me.
You won't be seeing me again.

I'll tear myself into separate parts. I'll write your name in ashes.
I'll change myself into something I'm not. I'll build a house of grasses.

I'll put a curse upon your home. I'll leave a wound infected.
Look into my eyes and you will see there's nothing there reflected.

You only think you know me
You only think you know me
You only think you know me
You only think...

You only think you know me.
You won't be seeing me again.
Track Name: Yeti
Hewn into the ice: an inscription written in bodies and blood,
and frozen into towers that spiral from inside the hearts of 1,000 dead sherpas...

The prayer flags at the mouth of my cave are fangs in the mouth of my grave.

Step through the portal into the lair of the ice king.
Meet the immortal, and yeti is dying.

They stole away from me my own hand and called it a relic.
And this reliquary, this mountain, has blackened my tincture and torn me to pieces.

The skull throne, just gaudy debris from ages ago when I was complete...

Step through the portal into the lair of the ice king.
Meet the immortal, and yeti is dying.
Track Name: Death Worm
Prehistoric inland sea, dried up.
Ruins buried beneath me, in dust.
Is it stupid to believe you'll give back what you owe me?
Is it hopeless to maintain people ever really change?

Catatonic memories, timeless:
These marks persist eternally, checked in.
Dredged up from ancient history, warm bones of who I used to be
In a desiccated inland sea, ruins buried beneath me.

It's the truth
It's not me it's you

Lie down, let me wrap myself around you.
Tied down, suspended, slow motion.
Cry out, let me leave you like I found you.
Dragged down to the bottom of the ocean.