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e(v)olocity: e(v)olocity

Here's a promising debut from hard rock/metal/alternative/jazz influenced band e(v)olution, a five piece who currently make their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Formulated around the tried and true combination of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, the band also throws in some keyboards, sax, and turntables for good measure. Listening to "Duh Wayne", a mostly catchy rock song punctuated by some lazy jazz styled sax and rootsy guitar twang, it's easy to hear the multitude of influences that these young musicians have. Nods to Sevendust and The Red Hot Chile Peppers can be heard on the groove laden "Herbie (Doesn't Like to Make Toys)", a heavy yet funky song that also contains some great hooks. Elsewhere, you have the Primus-meets-Linkin Park-meets-Kings X funk/metal of "Cockeyed", and the dark and heavy mix of Tool & Tantric on the addicting "Dark", complete with thick guitar riffs, angular rhythms, and powerful vocals. Overall the band does a good job of delivering appealing, commercial styled heavy rock that should have no problem finding its way onto modern rock radio and arena settings. Songs like "Crutch" and "Too Far" seemingly scream for the stage, as do many of these anthem ready songs. As you can probably guess, e(v)olution probably won't win any awards for originality, but if you like this sort of formula, this will be a must hear for you.

Track Listing
1. evol
2. Too Far
3. 4th Wise Man
4. Duh Wayne
5. Herbie (Doesn't Like to Make Toys)
6. Natural Drag
7. Quick And Easy
8. Cockeyed
9. Dark
10. Set You Free
11. Troop support
12. Crutch
13. Dog Lover
14. Pyramids

Added: October 19th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3544
Language: english

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e(v)olocity: e(v)olocity
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-10-19 16:35:07
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Taking its name from the words "evolution" and "velocity," e(v)olocity reveals its lack of originality from the get-go. But that doesn't mean the Phoenix-by-way-of-Vermont five-piece band's self-titled debut isn't worth a spin, or several. Sure, the influences are obvious (King's X, Tool, Sevendust, Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers) but e(v)olocity's lyrics inject a fresh element. On "4th Wise Man," flexible vocalist Aaron why can't bands that aren't U2 have members with first and last names? asks God to protect him from modern-day religious zealots ("God, save me from your followers") and "Duh Wayne" attacks slackers ("It's too late to relate, and I wouldn't want to even if I could"). I'm not sure why these five dudes feel compelled to dress in red and black suits and smear eye makeup on their face, a la Good Charlotte, because e(v)olocity's music doesn't need a silly gimmick. It needs a little more originality, but this band already has enough attitude, aggression and melody.

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