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Graf Orlock

Graf Orlock: Destination Time YesterdayDestination Time Yesterday (2006)
Level Plane Records

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Graf Orlock calls themselves "cinema grind," and if that term doesn't make sense at first, it will once you've heard how many movie samples they've crammed onto Destination Time Yesterday. Seriously, they've probably set some kind of record here for most movie clips on a single record. These guys re.
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Graf Orlock calls themselves "cinema grind," and if that term doesn't make sense at first, it will once you've heard how many movie samples they've crammed onto Destination Time Yesterday. Seriously, they've probably set some kind of record here for most movie clips on a single record. These guys really like action movies, and they combine their love of film with technical, grind-influenced hardcore kind of like Tower of Rome or the Great Redneck Hope. They're completely ridiculous, but I mean that in the best way possible.

It'd be easy for detractors to write off Graf Orlock for being gimmicky, but to do so wouldn't be at all fair or accurate. They're able to have fun while taking themselves seriously enough to avoid sounding goofy. They know how and when to shred, but they throw in a tasteful amount of chug too, and they've got a tight sense of songwriting most grind bands lack.

Graf Orlock rips through Destination Time Yesterday at light speed, and while they do blast out a lot of hyper-technical noise (think Dillinger Escape Plan circa Calculating Infinity), they throw in more than enough surprises here and there to keep things interesting. Songs like "50 Year Storm" and "Dutch and the Demon" show off the band's ability to thrash at maximum levels without losing their dynamics, while "Massacre! / Main Title" mixes up blastbeats with chugworthy breakdowns and closes out with some gang vocals without sounding like generic tough guy hardcore. "Captives of the Thuggee" throws in some blazing thrashy punk riffing, and the guitar solo at the end of the untitled bonus track? Positively ripping.

With most of Destination Time Yesterday's tracks falling under the two-minute mark, it blows by before you know it, and they don't give you much of a chance to catch your breath until it's done. It's like the musical equivalent of Rambo, Robocop, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (back when he was still cool) blowing shit up in a feature-length action/comedy with a brutal grind soundtrack, and fans of giant explosions as well as bands like Hewhocorrupts should take notice.

 

 
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punkgato (June 25, 2007)

This band rules, this album rules....if you disagree, you have a serious problem with stuff that rules in general!!!

SilentStorms (June 25, 2007)

What the hell are we supposed to use man ... harsh language?

rocktopus (June 24, 2007)

Thank fuck! I downloaded a MP3 of these guys ages ago and then forgot what they were called. This shit is awesome.

AphasiacIIC (June 24, 2007)

haha good that you found the real link, i coulda sworn the name was something weird. i shouldve checked on it-- but yeah ghostlimb fucking rules, and theyre more of my style than gorlock is

new gorlock ep is rad as well

SilentStorms (June 24, 2007)

I just checked out that Ghostlim band, fucking sweet! The link you posted doesn't work but I tried this and then it was my bitch - www.myspace.com/ghostlimb

AphasiacIIC (June 23, 2007)

great fucking band. jason is also in Ghostlimb, which is another band i highly recommend.

www.myspace.com/limblessjerks

Anonymous (June 23, 2007)

awesome cd, lot of sampling but if you're into movies like me you won't mind them because they're from classic movies and add a little humor in there with the grindcore

elephantdwarf (June 22, 2007)

their new album, Destination Time: Tomorrow, is one of the best things i've heard this year. they just keep getting better with every release.

SilentStorms (June 22, 2007)

I think this band is absoulety fucking amazing! I have all of their releases and they just keep getting better. Their Grey Skull split was all Total Recall, their LP was an amalgamation of movies (Predator, Indiana Jones, Terminator 2, Robocop, From Dusk Till Dawn) and the new EP which I assumed you were reviewing (came out last month, as opposed to this cd that was released last year) is the best thing they've released, and that includes an instrumental play-along w/Jurassic Park theme song. I never heard of Cinema-Grind before this band, but goddamn, Usurp's got nothing on these guys. Wait, Usurp Synapse was still amazing though. Poce.

Anonymous (June 22, 2007)

This band fucking rules.

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