Mac Sabbath Might Actually Take Over The World

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Well, I went out and did it. For better or for worse I got to see Mac Sabbath play at the Highline Ballroom last night with a handful of buddies. For the uninitiated, Mac Sabbath are the world’s only McDonalds themed Black Sabbath cover band. They’ve made headlines across the globe; even the gods, Black Sabbath themselves, shared a Mac Sabbath video on their Facebook page. The point being – this band is happening. As controversial as they are and as strange as their stage attire might be, it seems like Mac Sabbath are here to stay and are pulling for something greater, the likes of which we may never see again.

One thing that struck me was the sheer diversity of the crowd. As one friend commented, “How the hell do all these people know about Mac Sabbath?” It’s funny to me that a band whose first major coverage came from Metal Injection and Loudwire should be able to find a place in the metal mainstream. Yet there were douchey college dudes, pretty sorority girls and a smattering of other normies dotting the crowd which also saw many of the New York metal faithful. It’s rare for me to really feel the excitement in the air before a band goes on, but the tension in Highline was palpable; everyone was excited for an experience that was sure to be unforgettable.

The curtain dropped, and the performance started. Featuring giant Ronald McDonald statues who sprayed smoke, ridiculous, GWAR-esque costumes and of course, the incredible frontmanning of Ronald Osbourne, the crowd immediately fell in love. What struck me was that, while yes, the initial laugh was probably the loudest, the set seemed to only get funnier. With every passing moment it somehow became better, be it Ronald’s stage antics (at one point he pulls a fifteen foot straw out of his pants), the potent stage presence of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butler, or Osbourne’s witty repartee making jokes about KFC Deville and Burger King Diamond. Mac Sabbath seem tapped into something which has a very real appeal to the common man.

Musically these guys are wonderfully tight. The guitar tone was absolutely on point, and the solos top notch. You could feel the love that went into the music, and the execution was stellar. That being said, Ronald Osbourne’s vocals are straight up bad. While at times he’ll hit a few right notes, the majority of the performance feels like you’re just listening to a drunk dude do bad, but enthusiastic, Black Sabbath karaoke. On that note, the lyrics are actually really smart and support an anti-fast food and anti-meat message that I found myself agreeing with throughout (full disclosure: I’m a vegetarian and am super into that whole thing), suggesting that Mac Sabbath are really trying to bring a silly joke to the next level.

Simply put – I think that Mac Sabbath might be able to take over the world. They represent so many different facets of the metal world; they’re smart, fun to watch, and have very real mainstream potential. This is a band who have a joke that just gets funnier the more you know about Black Sabbath but who could charm non-metallers. People are going to dig into this, and this band is only going to get bigger. The scary part is that they might actually be able to franchise it out and have a Burger King Diamond and a KFC/DC among others. Mac Sabbath have created drive thru metal, but who knows where it will end?

  • Maik Beninton™
    • I love that nightmarish Grimace

      • Super Nintendo Chalmers

        Grimace looks like he decided to drop out of life, man.

  • Spear

    Never bothered to listen to these guys when they first started popping up, but I hadn’t realized they weren’t pure gimmickry.

  • This shit is fun. I long for the day when we see more schtick in metal again; a day when “the scene” stops taking itself so seriously.

    • while i turned down the opportunity to see the band this week, i have to agree 100%. metal bands need moar fun

    • Have you heard of power metal?

      • The Pantera album?

        • ???

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          Best comeback ever.

          • I used to read this bi-monthly magazine back in the ’80s…it was all about power metal.

          • Super Nintendo Chalmers

            The bands on the Megadeth side are not bands I would associate with Megadeth.

          • I’m still super-pissed at my older brother after all these years: he had tickets to Maiden on the 7th Son tour and wouldn’t take me. Megadeth wound up being there instead of the scheduled openers (GNR.) It was when So Far So Good So What was current and he said Megadeth brought it. I wanted to see that show so badly. …I was actually surprised Maiden had a thrash band opening. They used to talk mad-shit on thrash back then.

          • Super Nintendo Chalmers

            Until they realized thrash = $$$. Bruce is a consummate businessman.

          • Yeah, I think it was only Dickinson and Harris that I recall mocking and ridiculing thrash in period interviews.

          • Max

            Bottom line is that they would’ve felt threatened by it – especially around the time of Seventh Son.

            That album got bad reviews in America because of the use of keyboards and so on. It wasn’t entirely uncharacteristic of Maiden to do that, but once all the thrash bands started emerging, it suddenly made Iron Maiden sound very light and commercial by contrast.

            So any “It’s all just noise”-type remarks Harris made about thrash bands in interviews would have been fighting a rearguard action.

          • I’m going to have to disagree with you. I don’t remember much negative press due to the use of guitar synths. A few letters-to-the-editor maybe. …nor was it then especially commercial. Thrash was not some standard even at that point let alone threatening any traditional acts in sales. Only Metallica.

            I’m also certain Harris and Dickinson truly disliked thrash from what I remember reading. Even before Metallica began headlining arenas. Sorry to be contrary but your last sentence is nothing more than you wishing it were so and not some statement of fact. No thrash bands threatened Iron Maiden in any way whatsoever AFAICT.

          • SFSW <3 <3 <3

            That duo between Into the Lungs of Hell and Set The World Afire is perfect.

          • Óðinn

            He was lucky. Guns ‘n Roses really stunk up the arena with their shitty playing on that tour.

          • lol I believe it haha. I’m not gonna front like I didn’t think GNR was the best thing since Zeppelin at that time though.

          • Óðinn

            Luckily, Maiden was great, as always.

          • Óðinn

            I think I had that magazine. It looks very familiar.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Nailed it

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I hate the scene taking itself so seriously as well. Then again Ghost has a very good schtick.

  • NefariousDude

    Hey! I’m actually gonna see these guys Saturday night at the crescent ballroom. ~What a coincidence~

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Holy shit, Nefarious Dude.

      • NefariousDude

        I’m so lazy I can’t even comment on my fav blog on a regular basis ?

    • HEY, DUDE!

  • Ol Dirty Blastbeard
  • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

    on a real note, clowns are creepy. im exempt from listening or seeing this band

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      You dislike bands with clowns?

      • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

        anything involving clowns.

        all clowns should be murdered in the streets

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          The only good clown is a dead clown.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1NQajSutbY

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            daw<3

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          What about mimes? Do you count them as clowns?

          • Mimes are just French clowns. Fuck ’em.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Good. I hate mimes.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            no. that doesnt mean you shouldnt decapitate them in the streets, in case its Christoph Kuyler.

    • It’s metals tos likes clowns.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I hope they do succeed.

    • Super Nintendo Chalmers

      Are you trolling? Or are you trolling trolling?

      • He’s inverse metatrolling.

        • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

          4th dimensional trolling

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            4th dimensional trolling? That is some spooky, extraterrestrial shit.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bF5oFF1YI

          • He has invoked the TesseracT.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My trolling is so advanced the world isn’t ready for it. If I explained it now no one would understand.

          • I don’t bereave you for a second.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I am basically trolling the very idea of trolling in such a way that even I can’t explain it.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Trolling is trying to make someone angry through commenting and provoking them directly. I’m a different breed.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Movie reference

            JJD’s head

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That was a reference to a movie?

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Yep

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I feel like I should know what movie it’s from.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I feel like you should too

          • An ant has no quarrel with a boot.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            New blockbuster movie.

            “The Good Troll”
            – starring JJD

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            The JJD works in mysterious ways.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            RIPPPPPP

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        No, I’m legitimately hoping for their success. Unlike Macaulay Culken’s pizza themed Velvet Underground tribute band this is very good.

        • you didn’t like Pizza Underground?! damn.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I hate them. They’re extremely poor at playing their instruments and Macaulay Culken is no Lou Reed.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Culken =/= Reed? You can’t be serious.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I sure am. Macaulay Culken cannot sing for shit.

        • more beer
  • RustyShackleford

    Hell yes! These guys came to Syracuse and I unfortunately missed it, but hey it got a cool feature article in one of the local papers haha. Yup.

    http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/burger-time/

    • Don’t you mean Yep?

      • RustyShackleford

        Yup/Yep WHATEVS BRUH!

  • I didn’t remember about the lyrical content. It delivers a way different view on this band.

    Good review, man. It seems you had fun!

  • BobLoblaw

    Theyll be supersized in no time.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    About the “metal taking itself too serious topic”. I’m also all for bands that integrate subtle humor behind a more or less serious face. You know, such as Type O Negative, Tool, Faith No More, System of a Down…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGdoqsuiN8

    • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

      this is a hardline topic for me. it is few and far between that i enjoy a “joke” band, a self-referencing band, or a silly one.

      • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

        Gloryhammer being the most recent

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Oh yeah, but I can’t even enjoy 95% of PM bands. That’s just a sound I can’t get into. So it won’t come as a surprise that Gloryhammer isn’t a band that’s anywhere near my collection.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            well, tbh, my (physical, vinyl) collection is 95% black. which, of course, takes itself soooosooo srs.

            but, this is why i dont listen to Gwar or anything like that

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I don’t like Gwar either. Not because they’re a “joke band”, just because their sound does nothing for me.

            It’s a bit of a contradiction. I’m all for metal bands integrating humor into their music, but on the other hand there are very few such bands I actively listen to. I wish some bands would be creative with their humor and won’t make humor the only focal point of their music. It’s all about the sound first and foremost.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            Clutch is another good one for that.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah, Clutch is cool.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            it should also be noted that humor can exist easily in almost any other genre, without it taking away from the music

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            such as this otherwise sorrowful masterballad about a man lamenting the loss of his youth:
            https://youtu.be/ldQrapQ4d0Y

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah, you know, maybe 5FDP is actually a genius “joke band” but we’re just not getting the joke.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            yeah because the jokes on us

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Like Motograter was actually the best and most progressive nu-metal band, but we just couldn’t see the brilliance of it all.

            They were way ahead of their time.

          • Max

            Personally, I have always believed that Spinal Tap’s music is legitimately good. Even the lyrics aren’t that much more ridiculous that typical metal lyrics. I’m pretty damn sure that had the Thamesmen’s “Gimme Some Money” actually been released in the ’60s, it would’ve been a hit. And “(Listen to the) Flower People”, probably.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Here comes a confession: I have never even listened to Spinal Tap haha! I’ll check ’em out.

          • Max

            It’d be better if you watch the film, admittedly. But it’s very easy to get into the music once you’ve done that.

          • “Break Like the Wind” is a very good song

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I very seldomly listen to a full-on joke band. I don’t mind them though.
        But there are bands that very subtly integrate humor into their sound, while still maintaining an attractive sound for listeners that are all about “dem dark feelz”. Type O Negative for instance was very effective at doing this.

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
  • Waynecro

    Perhaps I’m just a child, but I find it pretty amusing that your last name is Bacon but you’re “a vegetarian and…super into that whole thing.”

    • Matt Bacon

      You’re not the first 😛

      • Waynecro

        I certainly hope I’m not!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    This nipple will be getting sweaty at tonight’s Mac Sabbath show in Fort Worth, TX!

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    I welcome my doom playing overlords in Mac Sabbath.

  • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

    put in my vinyl order for the day, grabbed Nightbringers Hierophony of an Open Grave and Oranssi Pazuzus Valonielu

  • Guppusmaximus

    Well, if Sabbath ever wanted to cover Mac Sabbath then they’d definitely have to get Sharon to play bass because she’s a fucking full time Grimace. *I kid, I kid*.

    But, seriously, I probably won’t have the funds for any music purchases because I wanna get Google’s latest toy. It looks amazeballs!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkOuShXpoKc