Album Review: Graf Orlock – “Crime Traveler”

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Occasionally, elements at odds combine beautifully: Black metal and ambient music, crust punk and melodic death metal, and, in the case of LA-based outfit Graf Orlock, screenwriting and grindcore. On their newest effort Crime Traveler — the samples of which are taken from the band’s own film — they’ve taken the template of sampling in grindcore and elevated it to levels of ambition few can touch. Graf Orlock don’t just throw samples in the mix; they fully integrate them into the songs to narrate the arc of the corresponding film, all while the music itself is a winding grind/hardcore hybrid. Continue reading