BROWN SABBATH: “HAND OF DOOM” EP

February 10th, 2015 | Album reviews

BROWN SABBATH
“Hand of Doom” EP
Ubiquity

This is the Sabbath cover side-project of Latin-funk band Brownout, and this is the teaser for their LP—and so this is also a shot to see what a funky Latin Sabbath would sound like. Turns out you can’t really fuck with these songs too much, since we all know them so well and since they were written so tightly in the first place. Or to put it more simply: this is a time to do some sacred duty. “Hand Of Doom” has Alex from Black Angels singing and the horn section carries the weight of the first chunk of the song, but then they really dig in when he gets to, “You’re having a good time, baby …” “The Wizard” is the winner here—heavy from go, horns serving the riff, and singer Alex Marrero really inhabiting some Ozzy. Then the percussion is hammering away and there’s a trumpet lead in the middle to light up the song. Instrumentals for both—for DJing indoors or other more restrained environments—and “The Wizard” is most ready to get the public in one of those, “Wait, is this SABBATH?” moods. Which is the plan, right?

—Chris Ziegler

BROWN SABBATH WITH JUNGLE FIRE ON TUE., FEB. 10, AT THE ROXY, 9009 W. SUNSET BLVD., WEST HOLLYWOOD. 9 PM / $15 / ALL AGES. GET TICKETS HERE!