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Graf Orlock

Graf Orlock: Destination Time TomorrowDestination Time Tomorrow (2007)
Level Plane Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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I'm a pretty vocal opponent of the complete digitization of music, and a fan of interesting artwork and packaging. I must admit, though, that rarely do I come across artwork or packaging that really surprises and engages me to the degree that I would like. Graf Orlock's EP, Destination Time Tomorrow.
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I'm a pretty vocal opponent of the complete digitization of music, and a fan of interesting artwork and packaging. I must admit, though, that rarely do I come across artwork or packaging that really surprises and engages me to the degree that I would like. Graf Orlock's EP, Destination Time Tomorrow, would seem to be a direct answer to my search. The art of the disc features the back of a human head and in place of a regular jewel case the tray is a facehugger alien from the Alien movie franchise. Seriously.

Graf Orlock play a brand of grindcore where the lyrics are excerpts of film dialogue, in this case action and sci-fi movies. Take for instance "Game Time," which I believe takes cues from "Aliens": "I want you to lay down a suppressing fire with incinerators, and fall back by squads to the apc over?." While certainly not the first band to bring such cinematic elements to their craft, Graf Orlock succeeds due to their sheer dedication to the subject matter. The quotes they use aren't simply randomly strung together, either -- there is a flowing narrative style to them. Some may see this as pure gimmick, but it does present valid artistic challenges for the band and since they seem to have a healthy sense of humour, the over-the-top sentiment in their themes could be viewed as a satirical look at the culture violence we live in today.

While Graf Orlock are arguably a grind band, they have enough influence of straight-up hardcore and metal that their riffs last long enough for the average listener to grab ahold of something. Regardless of how you view the lyrical content, the musical accompaniment with its hectic chord progressions and alternating shrill screams and gruff yelling provides an essential atmosphere for the battle-torn scenes. The band even throws up an unexpected pleasant surprise in the closing joint, "The Dream Left Behind," where the closing portion of the song turns into an interpolation of the theme from "Jurassic Park."

Destination Time Tomorrow is an interesting take on grind and its affiliated genres and it's impressive if a bit impractical packaging-wise and is sure to take a unique place in anyone's collection.

 

 
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Bipedcasserole (March 16, 2008)

dammit no!!! i wanted to do the Jurassic Park theme in a fucking grind song! damn you, graf orlock!

SilentStorms (March 12, 2008)

This band is fucking amazing.

You should check out the 10" version of the album. When you open the vertical gatefold sleeve, an Alien pops out of packaging which looks like a guy's stomach. Absolutely ridiculous.

24HourPriapism (March 12, 2008)

i wish we could edit comments so i could say captives of the thuggee was from destination time YESTERDAY. not destination time TOMORROW. shit.

i want them to do a Point Break EP.

sugarfull (March 11, 2008)

This band is pretty sweet. Can't wait for the split with Ed Gein.

Avail73 (March 11, 2008)

Love this band! Going to see them at Dudefest in Indy this summer!

24HourPriapism (March 11, 2008)

this band is great, but it's only a matter of time before they're sued into oblivion for all the samples they use. captives of the thuggee wins hard.

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