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From: CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Graf Orlock news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
In a new interview published today online, LA Weekly profiles Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb mastermind Justin Smith.
The full new Graf Orlock album "Crime Traveler" is also online before it officially drops on Friday, February 5th, and can be heard below.
LA Weekly has long supported hometown phenom Smith, nicknaming him "The Heavy Metal Professor" in the People 2013 issue, a list of "the most interesting people in Los Angeles."
By day a college professor in the LA area, Smith has been cranking out noise via Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb for well over a decade. More...
Black Flag-meets-Slayer blast punk outfit Graf Orlock premieres another new song entitled "600,000 Tons Of Explosive Ordinance", taken from the upcoming new album "Crime Traveler", which will be out in stores February 05th via Vitriol.
Check out now "600,000 Tons Of Explosive Ordinance" below.
Graf Orlock today premieres new single "Difficult Decisions in the Yutani Mess Hall," a track off the upcoming "Crime Traveler" full-length due out February 5th on the band's own Vitriol Records. Listen in below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.
Graf Orlock has spent more than a decade honing its Black Flag-meets-Slayer blast punk approach and the sound is represented perfectly on this newest track. Also in full effect here are the movie samples for which Graf Orlock is famous – the band is notorious for taking all its samples, lyrics, titles, and imagery directly from Hollywood blockbusters like RoboCop and Alien.
But there is a twist here: all the samples on "Crime Traveler" come from an as-yet-unreleased film the Graf Orlock members wrote, directed, and starred in themselves. More...
Graf Orlock enters 2016 with the February 5th release of new album "Crime Traveler" on Vitriol Records.
The band's third full-length and tenth release overall, "Crime Traveler" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business Studio in Greensboro, NC.
Deepening the experience, "Crime Traveler" is packaged in an actual, full-size, color newspaper, written and designed by the band. The full tracklist is as follows:
1. Bad Cell Service on Conn Avenue
2. 600,000 Tons of Explosive Ordnance
3. Afternoon Lunch at the Red Bacchus
4. A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley
5. Regional Turf War Spills Blood on Vegas Strip
6. Nursing a Hangover
7. Our Infallible Cybernetic Future
8. Summer Getaway, Mount Hermon
9. Difficult Decision in the Yutani Mess Hall
10. Cheaper, Safer, and Better Than the Real Thing More...
Graf Orlock has returned with a new seven-inch, "Trailer," which is the band's first new music since 2012's "Los Angeles" EP.
Noisey is now streaming "A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley," a track off "Trailer," which can be heard in the player provided below.
Graf Orlock's Hollywood obsession runs deep – all lyrics, song titles, and artwork are derived from big screen hits and misses of the '80s and '90s, which the band feels doubles as social commentary. "Looking at issues through the lens of film... shows how fucked up things are," guitarist Jason Schmidt has stated.
The songs on "Trailer" will also appear on Graf Orlock's next LP, "Crime Traveler," in the works now for a Fall release. You can also catch the band live:
Dangers, Graf Orlock, Holy:
Aug 9 - Washington, DC @ St Stephens
Aug 10 - Columbia, SC @ Foxfield
Aug 12 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar
Aug 13 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco
Aug 14 - Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Aug 15 - Detroit, MI @ Don't Call It A Fest
Aug 16 - Chicago, IL @ Mousetrap
Aug 17 - Erie, PA @ The Alamo (matinee)
Aug 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project
Aug 18 - Buffalo, NY @ 1239 Niagara St
Aug 19 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 20 - Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Aug 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Wunderloft
Aug 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson
Aug 23 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (matinee)
Aug 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House More...
Graf Orlock begins a month's tour of Europe this week. True to the band's rep for touring off the beaten path, this trek sees Graf Orlock venture deep into Eastern Europe, including shows in Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and beyond, as well as more familiar Western European locales.
Graf Orlock features guitarist/vocalist Justin Smith, also frontman for Ghostlimb and owner of Vitriol Records. While Graf Orlock is delivering its Hollywood-inspired hardcore across the globe, Ghostlimb's fourth album, "Confluence," will be hitting stores, with a release date of July 10 on Vitriol.
June 29 - Berlin, Germany @ Tiefgrund
June 30 - Versmold, Germany @ Cry Me A River Fest
July 1 - Hamburg, Germany @ Rote Flora
July 2 - Njimegen, Netherlands @ De Onderbroek
July 3 - Lille, France @ Free Stuff
July 4 - Caen, France @ El Camino
July 5 - Paris, France @ La Miroiterie
July 6 - Koln, Germany @ AZ
July 7 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ New Noise Fest
July 8 - Liege, Belgium @ Inside Out
July 9 - Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
July 10 - Manchester, UK @ Kraak Gallery
July 11 - Norwich, UK @ Olives Cafe
July 12 - London, UK @ Brixton Windmill
July 13 - Merksplas, Belgium @ Zig Zag
July 14 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
July 15 - Trier, Germany @ Exhaus
July 16 - Darmstadt, Germany @ Oettinger
July 17 - Munich, Germany @ Kafe Kult
July 18 - Prague, Czech @ secret location
July 19 - Prague, Czech @ Cafe Na Pul Cesty
July 20 - Rokycany, Czech @ Fluff Fest
July 21 - Dubnik, Slovakia @ Motorest
July 22 - Budapest, Hungary @ Szabad az
July 23 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Panic Room
July 24 - Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina @ Renegade Club
July 25 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Attack
July 26 - Koper, Slovenia @ Pandemonium Fest
July 27 - Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99
July 28 - Dresden, Germany @ Scheune Shakshuka Festival
July 29 - Leipzig, Germany @ Zoro
Graf Orlock's new EP, "Los Angeles," hits stores today via the band's own label, Vitriol Records.
In honor of the release, Vice's music channel Noisey.com has posted an interview with Graf Orlock guitarist/mastermind Jason Schmidt and an exclusive premiere of the "Los Angeles" epic closer, "Quick on the Trigger." Read the interview and stream the track right here. The following press release was also issued:
"World-renowned for their celluloid-obsessed hardcore, sometimes dubbed 'cinema-grind,' LA's Graf Orlock bases their work primarily on action flicks of the 80s and 90s. Of the band's concept and sound, MetalSucks has declared, 'Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant.'
"Also revered for the elaborate artwork and packaging of their releases - last year's Doombox EP was given the title 'Packaging of the Century' by Revolver Magazine - Graf Orlock continues the trend with Los Angeles, whose cover art consists of three separate 'shooting range targets' riddled with actual bullet holes. Fresh off a tour of Japan, Graf Orlock embark on a full European tour in June."
Bon voyage to Graf Orlock, which is kicking off a tour of Japan starting tomorrow. To date, the globe-trotting L.A. band has played Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and almost every country in Europe. Joining Graf Orlock on this Japanese tour will be fellow L.A. dissidents Dangers. Dates are as follows:
Mar 24 - Yokohama, Japan
Mar 25 - Shinjyuku, Japan
Mar 27 - Nishiogikubo, Japan
Mar 28 - Yokosuka, Japan
Mar 29 - Kyoto, Japan
Mar 30 - Nagoya, Japan
Mar 31 - Osaka, Japan
Graf Orlock's new EP, "Los Angeles," is due out April 10th on Vitriol Records. Of Graf Orlock's Hollywood-obsessed hardcore, sometimes referred to as "cinema-grind", MetalSucks has declared, "Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant."
Known for the band's next-level artwork - last year's "Doombox" EP was housed in a full-size fold-out "boombox" and was named "Packaging of the Century" by Revolver Magazine - Graf Orlock continues to amaze with "Los Angeles," whose three collectible covers are "shooting range targets" shot up with actual bullets.
MetalSucks has premiered Graf Orlock's new track, "Couples Seeking Comfort/No Point," the first new music to be revealed off the band's upcoming EP, "Los Angeles." Head over to MetalSucks here to check out the song.
Of Graf Orlock's Hollywood-obsessed hardcore, sometimes referred to as "cinema-grind," MetalSucks writes, "Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant."
MetalSucks has also unveiled the "Los Angeles" cover art, consisting of three separate covers, each a "shooting range target" depicting a scene from Michael Mann's Heat and riddled with bullet holes. As with previous Graf Orlock releases (including last year's "Doombox," which earned the title of "Packaging of the Century" from Revolver Magazine), the "Los Angeles" artwork was created entirely by the band.
With Los Angeles set for an April 10th release on Vitriol Records, Graf Orlock prepares for yet another year of DIY world touring, including Japan in the spring and Europe in the summer. Dates are as follows: More...
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. Last week's story focused on drinking, so this week let's take it up a notch to drugs. Jason Schmidt of California metalers Graf Orlock, shares his story from a remote corner of Australia:
Orange, New South Wales, Australia, June 2010. Graf Orlock and Dangers were doing a 3 week tour of this fair former penal colony, roughly 160 miles west of Sydney with a burgeoning population of 31,000. We played a rowdy and entertaining house show there, which was of particular historical interest because it appeared NO bands from out of town had ever played there. Whilst the mid-song running and punching was in full fiasco, there appeared to be an injured kid lying in the back of the room. Not only was this kid lying down, his face was a Violet Beauregarde color blue, and small tremors seemed to take over his half naked body. The ambulance people were called, his mom arrived, and his minor drug-induced seizure was put to rest in short order. Since then this house has been christened 'Seizure's Palace' and remains a highlight of our summer (winter) abroad.
Graf Orlock's new EP, "Doombox," is out January 18, 2011 on Vitriol Records. Known for insane artwork and elaborate packaging, Graf Orlock steps it up once again with Doombox -- a 30"x10"x10" fold-out cardstock "boombox" that houses the Doombox EP on CD and vinyl, plus a bonus CD containing Graf Orlock's entire "Destination Time" trilogy. Also known for its far-flung DIY world touring, Graf Orlock has repeatedly toured Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the US, all on its own dime.
Check out some of their music on the band's official MySpace page.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
LA hardcore band Dangers has revealed “Under The Affluence,” a track off its forthcoming new album, "Messy, Isn’t It?". Hear “Under The Affluence” on DecibelMagazine.com.
Dangers features guitarist Justin Smith, also known as the mastermind and guitarist behind Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb. Smith is also the founder and boss of Vitriol Records, the label that will release "Messy, Isn’t It?" on February 9.
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Los Angeles Murderfest, set to take place May 9-10, 2009 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. Visit losangelesmurderfest.com for information on how to buy tickets.
Recent additions to the line-up include SKARP, RECIPROCAL, DESTROYED IN SECONDS. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Saturday, May 9th: More...
California's Lewd Acts have just finished their debut full length album to be released through Deathwish records. They recorded with Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios. Lewd Acts are on tour now with Graf Orlock. The dates are as follows:
01/20 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Graf Orlock
01/21 - Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi w/ Graf Orlock
01/22 - Greensboro, NC @ Square One w/ Graf Orlock
01/23 - Charlotte, NC @ Lunchbox w/ Graf Orlock
01/24 - Atlanta, GA @ PS Warehouse w/ Graf Orlock
01/25 - Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
01/27 - Mountain Home, AR @ Brickyard
01/28 - Tulsa, OK @ Pinkeye
01/29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Exploding House
01/30 - San Antonio, TX @ Warhol
01/31 - Tucson, AZ @ Gnarwhal House w/ Graf Orlock
02/01 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
02/06 - Escondido, CA @ Esco House w/ Graf Orlock
02/07 - Berkeley, CA @ Gilman w/ Graf Orlock and Dangers
02/08 - Oakland, CA @ Harjit's House w/ Graf Orlock, Dangers, and Punch