Friday, December 7, 2018

Out today: GRAF ORLOCK: Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1

Graf Orlock's new album, Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1, is out today on Vitriol Records.

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Jan 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary
Jan 12 - Providence, RI @ Al Dios
Jan 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

"The premise of Graf Orlock is simple: grindcore about movies. The reality is a lot harder to describe — with heatstroke-tinged riffs, spit-flecked bellows, and frenzied drumming, the Los Angeles quartet express hidden torment and angst buried at the core of your favorite films..."

"The SoCal outfit has been kicking around for more than a decade now, dubbing its music "cinemagrind" — a mutation of grindcore based on ridiculous action-film samples and soundtracks. They've been copied a few times over the years, but make no mistake that Graf Orlock are the original, and one of the most entertaining bands in heavy music."

"Sarcastic and groovy cinegrind... Glimpses and flashes of classic rock wailing, short training sequence bursts, southern sludge, near-Fat Wreck melodic punk, classic Metallica guitar-crunching, and doom..." 

"For this new album, Graf Orlock say the album is exclusively based on films released in 2017, and are 'rumored to range from John Wick 2 to Blade Runner 2049'... It’s raw, ripping, and a lot of fun. It’s also got metallic breakdowns and grindy blasts and other moments of heavy fury thrown in to shake things up. As far as unpolished, unpretentious hardcore goes, this is basically as ideal as it gets."

"The 12-track album... captures Graf Orlock's distinct brand of chaotic grind and fierce hardcore, along with their use of perfect, confrontational samples... ["Examination of Violent Cinema, Volume 1"] is yet another completely unique offering from the band and exudes all of the dry humour and DIY aesthetic that they have become known for over the past 15 years."

"Guitarist/co-vocalist Jason Schmidt is one of extreme music’s most underrated riff machines. He picks a starting point and delivers a dynamic bevy of choppy flourishes, single-note parries and power chord migrations that eschew repetition and often resolve like classical music pieces..."
–Metal Injection

"The movie geek gods of grind... While an appreciation of film – particularly blood-soaked, R-rated fare like 'Aliens' and 'Heat' – will always likely bolster your appreciation of Graf Orlock, it is 110% not necessary to enjoy their brand of raucous grindcore."

"If a year’s worth of action and heist movies were boiled down, the product would sound like Graf Orlock... Wildly noisy, exciting, and ultimately unique."
–No Echo

"Grab the popcorn and first-aid kits because Graf Orlock have returned... 'Examination of Violent Cinema' shows the band in top chaotic form, delivering their signature blend of cinephile nerdiness, humor, and hyperactive hardcore and grind."

"Another notch in the belt of a band that defines its own genre."
–Nine Circles

"It’s like Quentin Tarantino directed a Dying Fetus album."
–Everything Is Noise

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