Austin, Texas-based, nine-piece Latin funk and breakbeat purveyors Brownout have announced the release ofÂ Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, Vol. IIÂ on October 28 via Ubiquity Records. The recordingâ€”the bandâ€™s second collection of material by godfathers of metal Black Sabbathâ€”includes reimagined versions of â€œFairies Wear Boots,â€ â€œSnowblindâ€ and â€œSupernaught.â€ The tracks â€œSabbath Bloody Sabbathâ€ and â€œSymptom of the Universeâ€ features vocals by Ghostland Observatoryâ€™s Aaron Behrens.
Brownout Presents Brown Sabbathâ€™s debut in 2014 was met with critical praise.Â Pitchfork wrote, â€œthe rearrangements are so exhilarating that, even without amplifier overdose, they make you remember why you got into metal in the first place,â€ while NPR Music declared, â€œthe album is a reflection of the kind of cross-cultural life many Latinos in the U.S. live in, one where a 1970s English heavy metal prototype shares record shelf space with Latin music.â€ Providing further validation,Â Classic Rock Magazine stated that â€œthe horn arrangements felt like they had always been there.â€ A national tour led to appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin Psych Fest and Pickathon. The music would ultimately make its way to Ozzy Osbourne himself who raved, â€œitâ€™s fucking awesome, this fucking Mexican guy sounds just like me,â€ ultimately garnering the band an invitation to perform at the Ozzfiesta in Mexico.
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