Metalachi and Mac Sabbath are currently two of the best cover/parody bands around. So what’s better than seeing each band on their own show? How about back to back at a good-sized venue? That’s right. These two popular bands got together for a night of debauchery, mariachi, and fast food deliciousness. One might think how bands like these play out their music. Well, if curiosity has gotten the best of you, then read on and venture into their world. The Observatory in Santa Ana, California was packed and not ready for what they were about to witness.
Metalachi is the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. The band consists of members: Vega De La Rockha (vocals), El Cucuy (trumpet), Kyla Vera (violin), Paco Halen (guitar), and El Nacho Picante (bass). They hail from Juarez, Mexico and Hollywood, California. They specialize in playing covers of popular rock and metal songs using their mariachi instruments. If this sounds unusual, a quick YouTube search (or watch video below) will answer any and all questions you have. The first thing that people noticed is how their mic stand were covered with women’s bras from past shows. That’s a sign how rowdy their crowd can be. Metalachi came onstage to a huge cheer from the crowd as many of them were already familiar with them. Metalachi started their show with Ozzy Osbourne‘s Crazy Train. The way Metalachi plays their instruments is on point as to how the original song sounds. It takes a bit of getting used to, but you’ll immediately get into it and start tapping your foot or maybe even dancing. Motorhead‘s Ace of Spades also made an appearance and could get you jumping at the sound of Cucuy’s trumpet.
In between songs, Metalachi would talk to the audience as well as talk smack to each other and of course exchange stories about their past whether it’s personal or sexual and always gets the audience laughing to be sure they’re having a good time. Other songs performed included Quiet Riot‘s Bang Your Head (Metal Stealth) and Guns N’ Roses‘ Sweet Child o’ Mine. After member introductions, De La Rockha dedicated this next song to all the cougars in the audience. Halen placed himself on the front of the stage and played the intro to Van Halen‘s Hot For Teacher. In the middle of the song, De La Rockha would ask Cucuy if he did his homework. Cucuy would say no and say looks like he’s got detention again. All to see his former teacher Ms. Mendoza whom he was fond of due to her big chichis. Metalachi next played a medley of Journey covers and they started with Separate Ways (Worlds Apart). Nacho Picante was usually in the back playing his base, but it was his turn to shine as he came to the front of the stage to perform a little dance for the women in the audience and displayed his singing voice as he did the Journey cover of Open Arms. The rest of the band followed as they finished the medley with Don’t Stop Believin’. Kyla Vera is the newest member of the band and she also got her chance to shine on stage as she displayed her shredding violin skills and played her own medley of songs which included Iron Maiden‘s The Trooper. The show was coming close to an end and the band played their Metallica medley which were Master of Puppets, Nothing Else Matters, and Enter Sandman. To finish up the show, Metalachi played their cover of Slayer‘s Raining Blood and boy was it satisfying to have one of the greatest metal songs of all time being played in mariachi style. The band finished up and left the stage to make room for the headliner of the night.
When you first hear the band name Mac Sabbath, chances are the band is exactly what you think it is. They are a McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath tribute band. The member of the band dress as McDonald’s characters, yet retain a bit of a rocker look. The members consist of: Ronald Osbourne (vocals), Slayer MacCheez (guitar), Grimalice (bass) and the Catburglar (drums). This ain’t no value meal though. To stay true to a Black Sabbath-turned-junk food band, Mac Sabbath would change the Black Sabbath song titles to match fast food references and change the lyrics to a more comedic feel. The stage was hidden behind a red and yellow curtain and all that could be seen were these two Ronald heads that would spit out fog during the show. The lights went out and the crowd once again cheered as the curtain came down and Mac Sabbath started the show with More Ribs (parody of War Pigs). To anyone that’s familiar with Black Sabbath, you’ll see first hand that Mac Sabbath sounds exactly like Black Sabbath when playing their instruments. Ronald Osbourne would come out in a strait-jacket as he sang the lyrics to the song in War Pigs style, but with the band’s own parody lyrics. Something you’ll notice is how Osbourne literally took Ozzy Osbourne’s stage personality and put it in himself as if he was Ozzy himself. From his method of talking to his laugh and stage tricks.
Up next was Chicken For the Slaves (Children of the Grave) and Sweet Beef (Sweet Leaf). Keeping up with the fast food theme, Osbourne would regularly bring out items from his grill which was right in front of him and the items included chicken nuggets and beef patties. Halfway through the show, Mac Sabbath brought out El Cucuy from Metalachi to do a quick duet and have Cucuy play his trumpet while Osbourne put on a bull fight with Slayer MacCheeze using his red cloth. Mac Sabbath continued their fast food madness with tracks like N.I.B.B.L.E. (N.I.B), Brand of Doom (Hand of Doom), Organic Funeral (Electric Funeral) and Lord of the Swirled (Lord of This World). Osbourne seemed to have limitless amounts of tricks up his sleeve as he pulled out a giant straw from his crotch and watered fans with ketchup and mustard bottles. Mac Sabbath was close to finishing the show as Catburglar played the familiar bass drumming to Black Sabbath‘s Iron Man, except changed the title to Frying Pan. So it was interesting to hear the beginning of the song, “I am Frying Paaan!”. Osbourne had a frying pan in his possession and set it on fire as if cooking. Fans thought the show was over until Osbourne came back out saying that fans want the show to be super sized and so played one more song which was Pair-A-Buns (Paranoid). Fans got the chance to mosh pit to this song just as they had been moshing for most of the set.
Mac Sabbath finished up the show and left the stage as their fans were surely hungry from all the food imagery. Metalachi and Mac Sabbath are more than entertaining bands and should definitely be seen on their shows for a guaranteed night of fun and laughter. If either or both of these bands have caught your attention, keep an eye out on their Facebook pages because both bands are asking fans if turning this into a full tour would be something fans would want. Tacos and burgers all day!