Graf Orlock enters 2016 with the February 5 release of new album Crime Traveler on Vitriol Records. Graf Orlock’s third full-length and tenth release overall, Crime Traveler is the most ambitious project to date from a band that is all about ambition. With Crime Traveler, Graf Orlock has outdone itself on every level. The Los Angeles enigma has beaten itself at its own game and the big winner is you. Furthermore, Los Angeles band Ghostlimb presents its fifth full-length album, Difficult Loves, via Vitriol records the same day. Ghostlimb is the trio fronted by Justin Smith, owner of Vitriol Records and mastermind behind Graf Orlock. While Graf Orlock mines the language and symbols of Hollywood to create its concept-heavy music, Ghostlimb is Smith’s more direct, personal outlet.

We caught up with Smith to ask about the records that he found to be most ambitious in 2015.

Hurula, Betongbarn EP (Deranged Records)

Griever, Our Love is Different (Vitriol)

Behemoth, The Satanist (Nuclear Blast)

Everybody Row, The Sea Inside (Vitriol)

Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake, Modern Surf Classics (Swami Records)

Envy, Athiest’s Cornea (Temporary Residence Limited)

Makthaverskan, II (Run For Cover)

Misery Index, The Killing Gods (Season Of Mist)

Neal Sharma, I Have Seen the Light Leave

High on Fire, Luminferous (eOne Music)


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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