(Sin Klub Entertainment 2002)Evolotto - 6ixers

Evolotto's second long playing CD "6ixers" does more than just reinterpret the heavy metal of the '90s that most bands in the genre keep churning out -- it alloys the simple mosh metal of Helmet with the complicated rhythms of progressive rock and the acrid humor of punk rock into a newer metal yet to be heard. "6ixers," although dull at some points, packs plenty of surprises to keep the listener interested (such as the tongue-in-cheek reference to Pink Floyd on "Shine On You Crazy Starfucker"). In fact, the album gets better with every listen. That is not to say the album is anything spectacular. The first five tracks tend to run together with their uninteresting guitar riffs, Tool-like slower parts, and typical angst-ridden lyrics. But there are good points in even these first five songs. For example, sometimes the singing sounds like Zach DeLaRocha, sometimes like Buzz Osbourne, sometimes like Grace Slick (Yes, that's a good thing). Also, lyrically the album is fun. It's likely that these guys spent time in Catholic school with lyrics like "Goddamn I love the evil things religious people do" on the song "11:34."

The sixth song on the CD, "Here's to the 6ixers" is where the album gets really good. "Here's to the 6ixers" is a punky stomp with goofball lyrics that mention Evolotto in a degrading way kind of as GWAR or Green Jello would. Overall, the song is a great anthem with lyrics such as, "Bleeding holes on holy hands will never stop this shitrock band." Evolotto keeps up the pace on the next few songs. "Not Good Enough" is another great song which is melodic and desperate at the same time much like later Crucifucks songs. "Wasted" stands out in that it sounds truly angry lyrically over the distorted, demented music, "You can try to get up on your feet, but you can't/You can try to preserve self-control, but you can't/You can work hard to be appreciated, but you won't." The next song, Evolotto's cover of the Wipers' "D-7" is also very angry sounding and could even be better than the original. After "D-7" the album unfortunately gets boring again. "Yellow no. Piss" is a dull, uninspired instrumental that is goes on for far too long. The last song, "Smokeover," is also quite boring at nearly twelve minutes long with mostly spoken lyrics and echo guitar. Overall, only a few songs keep Evolotto's "6ixers" from being interesting from start to finish. If at first you do not like this CD, listen again and you will soon be looking for more music from this sick Ohio trio.