Brown Sabbath: “N.I.B”

Photo by Courtney Chavanell

There’s a niche fascination to remaking old songs with a different genre, but credit goes to Austin’s Brownout for transcending kitschiness on Planet Caravan, their full-on Black Sabbath reimagining earlier this year. As Brown Sabbath, the Brownout members show off their obvious love for the original source material while also showcasing their own formidable musical skills. They bring a different kind of heaviness to Sabbath’s heavy metal, born from Latin funk and R&B.

The group is donning the Brown Sabbath costume again tonight with a special Halloween show at the Belmont, and we got a preview of the experience when they stopped by Studio 1A earlier this year. Frontman Alex Marrero prowled the stage like vintage Ozzy, and the horn section turned Sabbath’s “N.I.B.” into something Ennio Morricone might have written. Halloween or not, Brown Sabbath is something more than just a costume party.

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