Scrambled Defuncts
Hackled In Gore


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 20 replies | 3,857 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aggression and speed are the main focus of Russian death metal act Scrambled Defuncts. On this album listeners will find plenty of both.

Scrambled Defuncts debut release Hackled In Gore could be seen as a re-hash of many Cannibal Corpse (and other bands in the same vein including Morbid Angel, Suffocation, and Cryptopsy) albums. From the visual artwork themes of violence and gore, sickness and death with lyrical content to match, as well as many stylistic choices prominent throughout the album including that of “cookie monster growling” and blast beats. Many comparisons could be made back and forth between the bands but that doesn’t stop Hackled In Gore being a quality death metal release.

Hackled In Gore is a display of sped up riffs, gruesome lyrical themes and an instrumental technical ability that could be considered amongst the best of the genre. However the album does break away from the speed riffs and blast beats and adds other sound sources that reinforce the gore inspired themes and add to the atmosphere of the album. These effects can be found in ‘Slashing of the Mummified’ where some rather creepy piano key strokes dance across the introduction before the listener is lead into a typical death metal onslaught. Other media input can also be heard at times throughout the album. All with the intent of darkening the band’s overall sound. Some of these sounds include scissors snipping, children crying before being mixed with symphonic chimes and bells that give the listener some diverse features that they were not expecting but add to the band’s overall atmosphere. Being the opening track ‘Subterranean Slaughterhouse’ starts the album off in a very positive manner. While there are many positive attributes there are some points where the listener may lose interest. Through all the fast paced drum work and crunching guitar riffs there is a tendency for recycled ideas and structure patterns that ultimately blend too much together.

Through the band’s instrumentation does Hackled In Gore really shine. Yes, it’s heavy. But when you separate each component and look at what is taking place listeners will understand that each member knows what they are doing with their instrument. Each drum stroke is precise. The growls match the music. The bass guitar is solid and the guitars can organise the heavy and the melodic to perfection without become overdone and too much for the listener.

For the Scrambled Defuncts there is a lot to show here. Although they are relatively unknown they add an extra element to the death metal genre. Underneath huge amounts of technical ability and a polished and practiced sound lies a debut that should push Scrambled Defuncts to the front of the death metal scene. This debut effort should be big enough to create a fan base loyal enough to await the next record. Their style of music may have been done before by the above mentioned bands but that doesn’t stop them from doing it well.

Pros:
• Unrelenting in its aggression
• Solo and lead work, when heard is of a high quality
• Atmosphere and extra media sources
• Production is clear and of a high quality

Cons:
• Vocals lack some diversity
• Becomes recycled after repeated listens



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ShadowRemains
July 15th 2011



19427 Comments


This doesn't sound very good

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2011



6734 Comments


Not for everyone, just a personal opinion i guess.

This doesn't sound very good

I know there are people out there that aren't going to like this at all. But to the few who might, start with the album opener and the title track. They should be able to move from there and decide if they really do like this.



AfterTheBreakdown
July 16th 2011



7106 Comments


Sounds brutal bro. Pos'd

Pr0nogo
July 16th 2011



352 Comments


Eh? Needless gore and violence? I am here.

Not superb, but it could definitely be worse! Thanks for the insight about them; you were pretty solid as far as my first impressions go.

I'll toss you a pos.

asdemonsburn
July 16th 2011



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Souls Despising the God >>>>> this

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6734 Comments


I'm sure there is a lot better than this. But i think this is pretty solid anyway. Cheers for the pos's guys, i appreciate them all

Hawks
July 16th 2011



33352 Comments


Yeah this kinda just sounds like another generic brutal death metal album about gore and death.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6734 Comments


I never really said it wasnt. Hey hawks how are ya champ? Still do you like the sound of these guys?

Hawks
July 16th 2011



33352 Comments


I'm pretty good man. And I don't know, never heard of them. I do like some generic brutal death metal from time-to-time such as Cannibal Corpse or Mortician.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6734 Comments


Well this is very much in the same veins as those.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6734 Comments


Mods, please do away with this nonsense? ^^
Edit- thankyou

ButcheredChildren
July 16th 2011



5591 Comments


Great review man! However I don't care much for this album.

pos'd

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6734 Comments


That's cool man. Thanks for the pos!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011



6734 Comments


Thanks for the feedback everybody! Cheers!

AfterTheBreakdown
July 17th 2011



7106 Comments


Album name is pretty funny

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011



6734 Comments


Only with a darker sense of humor though, right?

AfterTheBreakdown
July 17th 2011



7106 Comments


Yeah lol.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011



6734 Comments


Whateverticklesyourpineappleman: )

AfterTheBreakdown
July 17th 2011



7106 Comments


Lmao

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011



6734 Comments


I'll have a new one up soon,



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