Black Sabbath-McDonald’s parody metal band, Mac Sabbath, in their appropriated element; Photo: Paul Koudounaris via LA Weekly

The world of metal can be a dark and brutal place — worshiping Satan and corpse paint go hand in hand among the musicians and fans of the extreme side of this genre.

As is the nature of humans, though, lately there has been an influx in parody bands emerging to remind us of the lighter side of metal, the latest of which to surge back fiercely on the blogosphere circuit with their first official single “Pair-A-Buns” is the burger-themed Black Sabbath cover band, Mac Sabbath.

Originally conceived in 2014, Mac Sabbath hail from the sprawl of Los Angeles but claim “the bowels of Outer Space” and are known for their high-energy performances all around the Southwest, and have been at this “Drive-Thru Metal” game long enough to conceive a whole mythology.

Pair-A-Buns,” to the tune of OG Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” though, will be their first recorded release and will be available via Flexi Disc and found inside of a coloring book solely at gigs along their cross-country tour over March and April.

Titled the “Mockstrosity Tour 2017,” dates also include the world’s only metal mariachi band Metalachi and the Ned Flanders-themed Okilly Dokilly which we covered on the release of their “White Wine Spritzer” video.

These bands represent an intersection between genres — appealing to metalheads as much as to fast-food aficionados or Simpsons nerds, the “heavy-metal-shtick trifecta” (in the band’s own words) present an opportunity for everyone to take themselves a little less seriously and enjoy themselves for a night.

The cast of Mac Sabbath consists of Ronald Osbourne on vocals, Slayer MacCheeze on guitar, Grimalice on bass and the Catburgler gracing the drum throne. Not something that people would think of as possible, watching a tusked hamburger shred Black Sabbath songs on stage is definitely something that needs to get crossed off your bucket list.

This isn’t to say that Mac Sabbath simply rehashes Sabbath classics — no, this is not your average metal cover band that plays the dive bars on slow nights. Mac Sabbath writes all new lyrics for the songs they cover, and yes they are drive-thru fast food themed. Take the song “Frying Pan,” a play on the Sabbath classic “Iron Man,” as one example. What can be heard in the original as:

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
That he will soon unfold

…turns into the hilarious refrain below once the heavy metal parodists get their hands on it:

Everybody wants it
Turn this grease into gold
Excluding the veggies
Trimming the cheese of mold

And the rest of their music continues this high-level of vocal ingenuity all while maintaining a focus on the cow-meat patties and shakes that give the band their appearance. Rehash the neurotic glory of “Pair-A-Buns,” scope the coloring book announcement and check out the tour dates below.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city that the band is touring in make sure to purchase a ticket. It’s sure to be a night without regret, unlike eating the McDonalds food that inspired it.

03/08: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
03/09: Milwaukee, WI – Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
03/10: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St Entry
03/11: Chicago, IL – Reggies
03/12: Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
03/14: Saint Louis, MO – The Firebird
03/15: Nashville, TN – The Exit Inn
03/16: Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
03/17: Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
03/18: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
03/19: Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
03/21: Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
03/22: Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
03/23: Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
03/24: Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
03/25: Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
03/26: Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
03/28: Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
03/29: New York City, NY – (le) poisson rouge
03/30: Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
03/31: Washington, DC – Black Cat DC
04/01: Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
04/02: Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
04/05: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/06: Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas
04/08: Los Angeles, CA – The Regent