Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GRAF ORLOCK + BrooklynVegan + Invisible Oranges

Approaching the February 5th release of its third album (and tenth release in total), Crime Traveler, Graf Orlock has unveiled new song "600,000 Tons of Explosive Ordnance" and has premiered it for the masses via a joint effort by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

Crime Traveler is Graf Orlock's crowning achievement to date, its most highly conceptual slab of low art, topping off a decade-plus career built entirely on such slabs. The album follows the story of a French-Canadian assassin who goes back in time to fix history in Canada's favor, all set to the LA band's disjointed, thrashing hardcore. Where past releases have mined Hollywood blockbusters for inspiration, Crime Traveler takes things one step further. 

As Invisible Oranges' Kelly Kettering explains, "Graf Orlock have really outdone themselves this time. The quartet of LA grindcore maniacs has issued ten releases now, often sprinkled with movie samples, with lyrics literally taken from scripts. But this time around, the band's third full-length, Crime Traveler, contains clips and lyrics from a film the band's members wrote, directed, and starred in themselves."

Concepts aside, the music is a rapturous collision of Black Flag and Slayer. BrooklynVegan depicts the newest single as "hardcore/death/grind that is as pummeling as it is smart and occasionally hooky... The song begins with a crawl and opens up into a furious churn that carries it through to a ripping, highly death-metal oriented guitar solo and a crushing conclusion."

VICE has referred to Graf Orlock as "the future of music."

Stream "60,000 Tons of Explosive Ordnance" here:

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Pre-order Crime Traveler here from the band's own label, Vitriol Records: