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Gadget: The Great Destroyer

Blistering Scando-grind with a mind of its own

Although there is no shortage of top-notch Swedish grind in this post-Nasum world, Gadget have retained a strong core identity amid their otherwise textbook white-out assault.

Their first album in a decade, The Great Destroyer doesn’t concern itself with unexpected detours or evolutionary leaps, but the authority and conviction that edged this band a yard or two in advance of their peers on 2006’s The Funeral March is here in spades.

From the sub-60-second blitzkrieg of opener Enemies Of Reason onwards, this is an object lesson in filthy precision, the jarring crack of blasted snares and the reassuring thump of a well-aimed d-beat ensuring that grind purists will be in their element.

A sprawling epic by Gadget standards, Dedication is two minutes of frenzied, dark hardcore punk, while the similarly lengthy In The Name Of Suffering slithers into skewed sludgy doom territory: hardly the most radical of diversions, but it all contributes to a sense that the Swedes have sufficient imagination and compositional ability to make more records as laudably savage as this one.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.