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Mac Sabbath Serves Metal Fast Food at Slim’s

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Mac Sabbath
Slim’s
January 27, 2017

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

What happens when you combine one of the most legendary bands of all time with a tongue and cheek social commentary on the fast food industry? Why it’s Mac Sabbath of course!

Slayer MacCheeze

Slayer MacCheeze

Inspired equally by Black Sabbath as they are by the campy, over the top cartoon-like characters of the world of fast food, the “players” of Mac Sabbath include frontman Ronald Osbourne, guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, bassist Grimalice (who Osbourne refers to as “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butler”), and Catburgler (aka Peter Criss-Cut Fries) on drums. While their costumes may make it seem like everything is just one big schtick, the band can seriously play the music to back it all up.

Grimalice

Grimalice

With the sirens of “War Pigs” blaring in the background, and the laser eyes of the decapitated clown heads on either side of the stage shot their beams across the venue, Mac Sabbath hit the stage with “More Ribs” and proceeded to deliver a riff-filled spectacle that was equally genius as it was ridiculous.

Catburglar

Catburglar

As “Sweet Leaf” became “Sweet Meat,” “Lord of this World” became “Lord of the Swirl,” and “Iron Man” became “Frying Pan,” Osbourne delivered a spot on Ozzy impersonation, complete with leapfrog like jumps, clapping while banging his head, and a terrible British accent. His puns were so awful they became funny, and more than once, every single person in the packed venue was smiling. And whether he was cooking up bat burgers on his grill or playing the guitar on his eight-foot long red and yellow straw, he had everyone along for the ride.

Slayer MacCheeze and Ronald Osborne

Slayer MacCheeze and Ronald Osbourne

Although they might not have appeared to do as much as their vocalist due to their enormous costumes, MacCheeze and Grimalice were just as entertaining and covered just as much ground on stage as Ronnie, while Catburgler kept everything in check behind the kit.

Ronald Osbourne

Ronald Osbourne

It was nothing short of a brilliant performance, and it was quite obvious that, while it may seem like it’s just a big joke, there is a lot of time, effort and energy put into a Mac Sabbath show, and there is much more behind those masked men.

Arnocorps

Arnocorps

Opening the show this evening was the one and only Arnocorps, the long time Bay Area Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired band of action heroes who also put on a great set. Highlights included “Total Recall,” “You Lack Discipline,” and “I’m Ballsy,” which included them inviting audience members up onto the stage to flex their muscles and pose for the crowd. But that was all out done by guitarist Inzo Der Barrakuda and bassist Token Alder “surfing” across the crowd on guitar cases to the back of the venue, while lighting each others’ cigars. The band was the perfect choice to open the show, and hopefully we will get a full headlining set from them soon.

Check out Mac Sabbath on their web site.

Here’s a slideshow of Mac Sabbath’s crazy show by Raymond Ahner:

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Find out more about Arnocorps on their website.

 

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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