Graf Orlock (band)
|Also known as||Gorlock|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Grindcore, metalcore, hardcore punk|
|Labels||Level Plane, Vitriol|
|Associated acts||Ghostlimb, Dangers|
Graf Orlock is a grindcore band from Los Angeles, California. They are named after Graf Orlok from the film Nosferatu. Consisting members of hardcore punk bands Greyskull, Arctic Choke, Dangers, and Ghostlimb, Graf Orlock commonly uses audio snippets and script dialogue from action movies like The Terminator, Aliens, and RoboCop in all their songs; this mix has been jokingly called "cinema-grind."
The band formed after "Jason Schmidt" and "Alan Hunter" were working on a screenplay while attending UCLA called Destination Time Yesterday which created controversy in the school for not referencing sources. The controversy erupted to a riot involving the Los Angeles Police Department.
After the riot, "Jason" and "Alan" were expelled from UCLA. Both "Jason" and "Alan" along with bassist "Sven Calhoun" and vocalist "Kalvin Kristoff" begun Graf Orlock with EPs and split albums. In 2006, they started a trilogy based around the controversial screenplay starting with Destination Time Yesterday, and in 2007 Destination Time Tomorrow EP was released; which was number 16 in Decibel magazine's Top 40 of 2007. The final chapter of the trilogy, Destination Time Today, was released in 2009.
Currently, members of Graf Orlock are operating their own label called Vitriol Records which has bands including Ghostlimb, Robotosaurus, Owen Hart, Teeth, Dangers, Birds in Row and Totalt Jävla Mörker.
All members use multiple pseudonyms, but these names are most commonly used:
- "Karl Bournze" – vocals (2008–present)
- "Jason Schmidt" – guitar, vocals (2003–present)
- "Sven Calhoun" – bass (2003–present)
- "Alan Hunter" – drums (2003–present)
- "Kalvin Kristoff" – vocals (2003–2008)
- "Jeff Hermann"
- "Ivan Somple"
- Graf Orlock (EP, 2004)
- Corpserate Greed (EP, 2004)
- Split with Hurry Up And Kill Yourself (Split, 2004)
- Split with Greyskull (Split, 2005)
- Destination Time Yesterday (Album, 2006)
- Destination Time Tomorrow (EP, 2007)
- Destination Time Today (Album, 2009)
- Doombox (EP, 2011)
- Los Angeles (EP, 2012)
- Decibel: Issue No. 53 March 2009
- Issue No. 39 January 2008
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