By: Tim Sirbaugh
Scattered Hamlet is described as Southern Fried Hard Rock or Honky Tonk Metal mixed with enough octane to drive an 18 wheeler, but I get a whole host of other influences and categorizations from their new album, Swamp Rebel Machine. If anyone remembers Raging Slab from the late 80’s, early 90’s, they were billed as Metallica meets Lynyrd Skynyrd. I definitely hear some similarities, but Scattered Hamlet is so much more. Immersing myself in the album, I hear elements of Southern Rock, Stoner Rock, Groove Metal, Doom Metal, with some Punk influences, so basically, there is something for everyone!
My favorite track on the album is Stonewall Jackson….any song that mentions the Dukes of Hazard is a hit in my book. Other favorites are Whip-Poor-Will – a very groove oriented rocker, White Trash – straight up hard Southern Rock, Swamp Rebel Machine – a Circus of Power inspired tune, and The Lesson – a very Clutch-like sounding song circa their 1995 self-titled release.
Scattered Hamlet is touring extensively in support of Swamp Rebel Machine, and if or when they hit the east coast, I’ll be sure to catch them perform live.
Adam Newell – Lead Guitar, Vocals