"Destination Time Yesterday" (Level Plane; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Providing schizophrenic metal dispersed with kitschy dialogue samples from classic action movies, California's Graf Orlock (taking their name from the villain in "Nosferatu") have made their own sub-genre: Hollywood grindcore. 

Fear not, purveyors of punishment, these guys are as visceral and vicious as it gets, as -- unlike Tinseltown -- there's nary a sign of silicone to gawk at here. Instead, we get teeming hunks of abrasive hardcore, unforgiving blasts of grind, and a relentless highlight reel of movie dialogue that ties the whole thing together. 

While other bands may employ these same tricks, no one comes close to laying it down with the crushing conviction of Graf Orlock.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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