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Gadget The Funeral March

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01. Choked 02. Feed on Lies 03. Requiem 04. I Am 05. Tristessens Fort 06. HSN1 MP3 07. Everyday Ritual 08. Day of the Vulture 09. God of Led 10. Vagen Till Graven 11. Illusions of Peace 12. Black Light 13. Out of Pace 14. Let the Mayhem Begin 15. Bedragen 16. The Anchor 17. Tingens Forbanneise
2006 Relapse Records
Our score 9

by Cory
7/20/2006

Gadget's 2003 Relapse debut slipped past most of the general metal community without much fanfare, but with the passing of Nasum frontman Mieszko Talarczyk in the tsunami of 2004, the band have stepped up proudly to pronounce their claim to the Swedish grind crown. Originally just a side project, the band are on their way to becoming an international sensation thanks to the strength of The Funeral March. Their approach is a straightforward, high-speed grindcore assault with a dedication to memorable hooks and the ability to create a cohesive listening experience. While grind may currently be all the rage, these guys have been around for a while and show no signs of slowing down. The disc's seventeen tracks flow together well, fitting together neatly while remaining discernible from one another. There may not seem like there's an awful lot to Gadget at first, but repeated listens reveal a band that utilizes the depth of their production more than most grind acts. Whether it's the seemingly slower guitar lines hiding beneath blastbeats in "God of Led"or the blistering solo and early Neurosis-esque ending of "Illusions of Peace," there's always a little something extra to be discovered amidst the fury. The arrangement of these tracks is also very clever, never allowing a comparably "lighter" moment to be followed by anything but the full force of drummer and guitarist William Blackmon's powerful songcraft. Tracks like "Everyday Ritual" or "Out of Pace" give Gadget a little space to stretch, slowing down to a stoner/sludge pace that works both on its own and as a device to keep the album from becoming repetetive. While the comparisons to Nasum or Rotten Sound are probably inevitable (and also probably the most fitting) Gadget possess an energy and style all their own. Unlike many other grind records, The Funeral March doesn't become grating and doesn't lose the listener's attention due to poor production or incoherent gutturals. As the disc progresses, I found myself being drawn into the record more each time, so much so that when it finally came to the final two tracks, I was consistently wowed by the seemingly odd direction they took. "The Anchor," much like the rest of the record, has a strong, instantly identifiable melody but takes it a step further, beginning and ending with a slightly more metalcore sound that Gadget really pulls off. "Tingens Forbanneise" is a dark, doomy dirge that fits perfectly as a closer, but I almost always found myself putting the disc on repeat for at least two listens. Bottom Line: Gadget's The Funeral March has already be turning heads and will undoubtedly turn a few more in the coming months. It's release may have been a bit under the radar for Relapse, but this is easily one of their best releases so far this year, as well as one of the best grind albums of 2006. It might not have the crossover potential of Mastodon, but these are the kind of records that have been Relapse's bread and butter for years and it's nice to see they haven't forgotten that.

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weights_ 7/20/2006 10:02:27 AM

first post first view doesnt suprise me this gets a 9. lambgoat is for gays and butt milkers


rob_mcfeters_ 7/20/2006 10:16:46 AM

better than Phobia? probably not.


wolfpack_ 7/20/2006 11:13:40 AM

woah..bit high there..good effort though


anonymous 7/20/2006 11:33:49 AM

how come cory is the only reviewer?


inhalegrind_ 7/20/2006 11:37:09 AM

Funneral March , kiss ass ...great cd, and nice review , kinda of high on the number there ..but who cares grind


chomper_ 7/20/2006 12:20:56 PM

i would have given this 8/10


ghetto_paul_ 7/20/2006 12:35:54 PM

Gadget is a cool band... kinda like a mix between Crowpath and Nasum. But they're really not doing anything new here. Pretty similar effort to Remote, really... quality across the board from songwriting to production to cd layout. Pretty high score, but whatever. Damn fine album, yes, but you've heard it before.


davidyow_ 7/20/2006 1:19:54 PM

grind sucks. the jesus lizard is better.


snails_ 7/20/2006 1:31:35 PM

9? lol!


ofgo_ 7/20/2006 1:32:56 PM

good good record.. but not for a 9


girls who run_ 7/20/2006 1:45:47 PM

good band. good record. not a 9. pretentious as f*ck, by the books review.


FudgeYourYankeeBlueJeans_ 7/20/2006 9:36:49 PM

if you grade this cd by grind standards, its definately an 8 or a 9. i thought it was a great review. and that last line summed it up perfectly. this is what i want out of Relapse. and if anyone is looking for some more good '06 grind, check out Cyness, General Surgery, Blockheads, Phobia, Cretin, and the new Haemorrhage


girls who run_ 7/21/2006 7:20:34 AM

fudge, do reviews. i'd rather read what you have to say than f*cking cory


din_ 7/22/2006 3:34:32 AM

go go gadget lambgoat!


good ol' satan_ 7/22/2006 8:53:40 PM

f*ck all of you punks who can't stand the real shit. the slay harder then 1000 of their likes...


FudgeYourYankeeBlueJeans_ 7/23/2006 12:03:20 PM

Cory can write way better reviews than i can. i dont see why he gets the shit he does here. this review was pretty spot-on


chuz_ 7/24/2006 5:01:42 AM

I agree this is f*ckin good