Stephen Scruggs of Bass Clef Designs reviews Scattered Hamlet – Swamp Rebel Machine.
Scattered Hamlet describes their style as: “It’s honky tonk metal, like you took a handful of cheap trucker speed and headed out on the warpath.” I could not agree more. With their third release of “Swamp Rebel Machine,” Scattered Hamlet nails it out of the park.
Every once in a while you find a band that just blows you away. That was most definitely my reaction when I took ‘Swam Rebel Machine’ out for a spin. It reminded me of growing up in Texas, playing in my first band, and playing at legendary Houston underground clubs such as the Axiom, Fitzgerald’s, and the Pik-N-Pak. It took me back to house party’s where the band was the entertainment, the hosts, and the bouncers all in one. It brought me back to more recent times when I was playing bass in bands such as Shut Up And Color and Porkbelly. The music we made, the bands we shared the stage with, and the friends we made along the way.
Scattered Hamlet is not pulling any punches nor making any apologies for who they are. These are the guys that are going to show you a good time, force you to let your hair down and howl at the moon, and forget all the shit happening in the outside world, even if just for the night. This is just fun music. Underneath the powerful vocals lies a groove which cannot be denied. From the opening riffs or ‘Battle Hymn’ to the closing riffs of ‘The Lesson,’ herein lies 11 songs that will leave you wanting more. With plenty of shout outs to Outlaw Country legends Hank Jr, Waylon, Willie, Merle, Johnny Cash and more, Scattered Hamlet pays tribute to their forefathers, their brothers and sisters in music and the fans who make it all happen.
’Swamp Rebel Machine’ is a great album and I would highly recommend giving it a spin.