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Meat the band: Mac Sabbath merges heavy metal and hamburgers

Playtime is over: The Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath will melt faces and cheese at Brooklyn Bazaar on March 11.
Paul Koudounaris

Their songs can be a little cheesy.

A bizarre band of heavy metal hamburger mascots will serve up some prime cuts of fast food critique at a Greenpoint concert this weekend. The humorous McDonald’s–themed Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath, playing at Brooklyn Bazaar on March 11, will blast black metal riffs while screaming about genetically modified foods and Monsanto at the show. Despite their unusual appearance, the musical mutated mascots have a lofty mission, according to their manager.

“To bring the world back to a time when music and food were still genuine,” said Mac Sabbath manager Mike Odd.

The band, composed of demented clown and lead vocalist Ronald Osbourne, drummer the Cat Burglar, purple bass player Grimalice, and tusked guitarist Slayer MacCheeze, is not all empty calories — the members can really shred. Mac Sabbath’s irreverent shows are elaborate confections that mix raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics like “a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers, and magical surprises,” said Odd.

“It’s an arena-sized theatrical rock show framed onto a club-sized stage,” said Odd. “It has to be seen to be believed.”

The band recently released its first album — after a fashion. The one-song Flexi-disc of the song “Pair-A-Buns” — a parody of Sabbath’s “Paranoid” — comes inside a coloring book available for $15 at the band’s website. But good luck finding a way to listen to it, said Odd.

“If you don’t come from the ’70s, a Flexi-disc is like a child’s toy version of a vinyl record single,” said Odd. “It’s flexible and does not play very well, but if you throw a couple 25-cent pieces on it and Scotch tape it to your record player, you might hear some ‘music.’ ”

Amazingly, the band’s name has not garnered any blowback from the McDonald’s corporation. And according to Odd, the members of Black Sabbath are big fans too, even posting Mac Sabbath’s live “Frying Pan” video (a sendup of the seminal hit “Iron Man”) on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Odd said Ozzy Osbourne recently plugged the band on his television show “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour.”

The band is currently touring with Star Wars–themed heavy metal band Galactic Empire, on the “I Got a Bad Feeling About This Tour.”

Mac Sabbath at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave. between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street in Greenpoint, www.bkbazaar.com). March 11 at 7 pm. $25 ($22 in advance).

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