I don’t know what it is but when I hit 30, I didn’t go the direction a lot of my friends did with their acoustic, post-rock, singer/songwriter acts. As a matter of fact, I have drifted in the very opposite direction. I want the fastest, loudest, most pissed off grind chaos and have been very quickly upping my record collection with the like. With the musical equivalent to a fully automatic assault rifle known as Rotten Sound seemingly taking forever to release a new record, I have been chomping at the bit to find something that would fill that void while I wait. Sure bands like, say, Nails is a good alternative but I want something that isn’t fully entrenched with sticking to their hardcore routes. I want something that doesn’t give a shit and just gets after it. If it happens to please a specific crowd, so be it. Sweden’s Gadget appears to be exactly that. Speaking of waiting forever to release something, the new record, The Great Destroyer, is the first release from this band in 6 years and that was a split. It’s been 10 years since their last solo effort.

A 3 second snare roll and a pick slide and then it’s off to the races. Explosive minute or minute and a half tracks that don’t feel like “riff-riff-done” but each maintains consistency and attraction to make them complete thoughts instead of a continuation of the previous song and a prequel to the next track. This is a constant problem I find with a lot of grind bands as that most albums seem like one long song with a few pauses scattered throughout. Gadget has the know-how to write solid individual songs. It also helps that, while they are masters at pure speed, they do have a tight grip on the concept of groove. Tracks like Dedication and In The Name Of Suffering are crushingly heavy tracks that let up on the gas pedal just enough to allow the record to breath. Cutting up the rapid fire blast beats and speedy guitar licks to allow the listener to just break their neck from the bang, makes not just these songs memorable but benefits the rest of the tracks as well.

Another standout element of this record is the production. For a lot of grind, especially during the speedy parts with vocals, everything can sound like a jumbled mess until the songs standout strong riff kicks in. The production on this record seems to be so meticulous that there isn’t a time throughout the entire duration of the record that I can make this claim. It could also be that the band is just that tight as well. With the exception of the juggernauts from England, Napalm Death, this is one of the best sounding grind records I’ve ever heard.

Six years is a hell of a long time in the ADHD world we live in but the wait seems to have served Gadget really well. This is one of the most impressive outings for a grind record that I’ve heard and I’ve been discovering a lot from this genre in the last few years. Hopefully they don’t wait six more years to come over to the States and tour for this because I’m trying to stagedive all over everyone to this shit. The Great Destroyer is out, as of last week, on Relapse Records. Grab it and grind your face off.