First of all, 5 stars to Evil for the clever pun in name. That's how to start off on the right foot.
"It's ugly" is the first comment I've been hearing on this bike and honestly, it's a little weird but it'll grow on you. I'm sure '90s riders would think current mtbs are ugly too.
"Who needs that slack a gravel bike?" Is always the next question. Definitely not everyone. If you're racing Dirty Kanza, look elsewhere (not to say this bike couldn't do it, but there are better suited bikes). But if you want to ride 75 miles of mixed fast rolling gravel, some singletrack, sketchy atv trails, and steep forest roads, this is the bike for you.
"Does it handle weird?" No, it handles better than you expect. I don't think this is the last gravel bike you'll see with these angles. When you hop on in a parking lot you'll notice the front wheel flop over but as soon as you get riding all you'll feel is a very stable bike. The wheelbase is long so it's not going to be ideal for tight woodsy trails or u-turns when you drop a bottle, but when you hit steep rough stuff you want this confidence.
Uncooperative weather only let me ride this bike on mostly pavement for a few days so this is without a doubt a first look review, but based on the brief experience I would buy one. Fit was absolutely perfect on a size large with a 50mm stem and 42mm bars (I'm 6'1" with a long inseam and am usually between L and XL), and I could just tell that this bike will handle the rough terrain I love. Parts spec on this build is impeccable. I'd expect to upgrade the wheels but the current WTBs are just fine to start and the rest of the parts are what I would choose on a build. Some may complain about limited tire clearance for this style bike, but 50mm is almost 2" - that's plenty!
I will demo again just to make sure it climbs ok (will steering wander on loose steeps?) and handles a bikepacking load (it's got the braze-ons for everything). Even on pavement with 50mm WTB Venture tires it cruised along just fine.