Brownout – Brown Sabbath
I am always a little sceptical when it comes to tribute albums. Most of these in the past have been of bands doing carbon copies of original tracks which are okay but can get monotonous. A couple of exceptions to the rule have been Black Sabbath tribute Nativity in Black Volume 1 & 2 and a fantastic Deep Purple tribute A Tribute to Deep Purple According to New York. This album by Brownout joins those two greats. Brownout is an 8/9 piece hard funk band from Austin Texas formed from various bands since the mid to late nineties. The Blimp and The Blue Noise Band merged to form Grupo Fantasma in 2000. This band supported acts such as Prince, Sheila E and Spoon. During the mid 2000’s Adrian Quesada suggested forming another funk band called Brownout. This was to have fun playing covers influenced by Sanatna, Earth Wind and Fire etc. This led to a residency at an Austin club where they played various cover sets. But during this residency it became apparent that everyone in the band had a love for Black Sabbath. Every member of the band owned at least one Sabbath album. From this a set was arranged and went down an absolute storm every night in the club. Due to the success an EP was released early 2014 featuring hard funk/rock versions of The Wizardand Hand of Doom. Now this full length seven track album has been released. Four of the tracks have vocals supplied by Alex Maas on Hand of Doom, Alex Marrero on NIB & The Wizard and David Jimenez on Planet Caravan.