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Never let it be said that Evolotto is without a highly irreverent sense of humor. The cover of their second album, Sixers, depicts model/actress Michonne Bourriague (who had a part in 1999's Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) wearing total sex goddess attire -- black micro-miniskirt, fishnets, red halter, siren-red lipstick -- while Satan-like horns protrude from her forehead and both of her hands are in the horns-of-Lucifer position (pinkie and index finger up, other three fingers down). But the plot thickens; Sixers' inside cover contains a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, which is the Hindu equivalent of the Bible or the Koran. A true Satanist would never quote Hindu scripture in a million years; so are the members of Evolotto totally confused, or are they trying to make a point? After playing Sixers several times, one is inclined to believe that Evolotto isn't slamming Christianity in general but rather, is having a laugh at the expense of fundamentalism's lunatic fringe. Sixers isn't your average death metal release -- actually, it isn't death metal at all. Instead, Evolotto favors a forceful yet melodic style of alternative metal that looks to different places for inspiration; punk, grunge, Black Sabbath, Voivod, Motörhead, and Helmet have all affected their sound. These Ohio residents thrive on tempo changes; one minute, they're drawing on the sort of high-speed, amphetamine-like aggression that you expect from punk, thrash, and speed metal -- and the next minute, they're playing at a slower tempo, and savoring the pleasures of a dark, moody melody. Unfortunately, the production isn't as sharp as it could be, and it doesn't fully capture the band's heaviness -- also, the material could have been more consistent. But all things considered, this appealing, if uneven, disc leaves the listener with a favorable impression of Evolotto.

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