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Graf Orlock, "Destination Time Yesterday"
Graf Orlock
Destination Time Yesterday
Graf Orlock, "Destination Time Yesterday"

Alright, I'll get the bad out of the way right off the bat. This band has some godawful high-art concept shit going on. The band calls it "cinema-grind" because they splice in samples from late 80's early 90's action films to "create a potent social commentary in a theme that permeates lyricism and live shows." Whatever the hell that means. I don't like samples to begin with, so when you try to pull of some arty bullshit with samples you're only making matters worse. Although, when they sample Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and start screaming KALIMA - SHADIDAY on "Captives of the Thuggee" it is pretty fucking funny. I'm sure that wasn't their intent, but it gave me a good chuckle.

Anyway, the music itself is a pretty cool mix of tradional hardcore/thrash based grindcore with lots of modern spazzy elements thrown in that comes off as a chaotic sort of sensory abuse. Not chaotic to the point of noise, but certainly far from linear. The vocals alternate between a somewhat high-pitched hollar and a deeper, more aggressive roar while the rhythms stay consistently choppy and arrhythmic.

Even without the weirdo samples, this album is a pretty unique take on grind that sounds familiar but fresh. Without the samples and wankey bullshit, there are some seriously raging riffs that would be a perfect soundtrack to breaking things.

Standout Tracks

   Captives of Thuggee