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Mac Sabbath marries fast-food culture to classic metal

Would you like fries with that? Frankly, I’m surprised no one thought of this sooner.

The members of Mac Sabbath – bassist Grimalice, drummer Catburglar, singer Ronald Osborne and guitarist Slayer MacCheeze – have taken their love for British metal progenitors Black Sabbath and married it to a seeming distaste for fast food and the culture that supports it. The combined effect of Sabbath classics like “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” reimagined as “Frying Pan” and “Pair-a-Buns” while mildly deranged men in McDonald’s-themed costumes cavort about the stage is the birth of a vibrant strain of ironic performance art. Just how hilarious you find all of this most likely comes down to your love for Black Sabbath, or lack thereof.

The Los Angeles–born band has become a YouTube sensation, completely unsurprisingly, with “Frying Pan” having generated in the area of 1 million views. Now, the band has launched its first Northeast road haunt, the “Rock Sham Shake Tour,” its name perhaps a nod to the seasonal green McDonald’s frozen drink. (Or perhaps not – the Mac Sabbath guys never mention McDonald’s by name.)

I’m thinking YouTube just isn’t cutting it, in terms of delivering the full comic/sonic assault of the Mac Sabbath experience. Happily, the “Rock Sham Shake Tour” stops by for a show at 8 p.m. March 27 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $15 (box office, Ticketmaster).

– Jeff Miers

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