While the founders of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, are wrapping up their storied career with The End Tour, California’s Black Sabbitch is fully energized and carrying the torch for our beloved heroes. As the quartet’s name might suggest, (if not, their photo does) Black Sabbitch is an all-female tribute comprised of drummer Angie Scarpa, bassist Melanie Makaiwi, guitarist Blaire N. Bitch, and vocalist Amiee Echo. The band focuses solely on Ozzy-era Sabbath, and this Friday night, May 13—that’s right, Friday the 13th, they will drop a dark veil over the Treasure Valley centered at The Neurolux. Tickets are only $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Trigger Itch will kick off the festivities.
Coming from the world of original music, each woman was already considered to be among the best at what they do, Blare having lead the all-girl powerhouse Betty Blowtorch, and Angie drumming for post punk thrashers The Art of Safecracking. Friends for over a decade, Angie and Blare decided to get together one night and play some Sabbath and from the first downbeat of “War Pigs” they knew they had something special. Blare’s distinctive, left handed lead style and Gibson SG make her the virtual clone of Tony Iommi (with a few obvious differences,) and Angie literally learned to play using the early Sabbath catalog as a teacher. Hearing her play, it is uncanny how similar her style is to legendary Sabbath skinsman, Bill Ward. This is not PR hyperbole, each of these musicians is a force to be reckoned with: Angie made Metalholic.com’s 2015 list of Top Female Drummers and Blare made a similar list for female shredders.
Melanie was their first choice for a bass player, having played bass with Angie in The Art of Safecracking and having led her own band Penny Dreadfuls. Just like Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Melanie began her career as a lead guitarist later falling in love with the bass and never going back. Angie and Melanie play instinctively with one another. Close your eyes and you will swear you are listening to Butler and Ward.
The vocal spot required a true star so the Sabbitch girls turned to their long-time friend Aimee Echo, legendary front woman of alt-metal Ozzfest alumni, Human Waste Project and dance punk veterans theSTART. Aimee sings Ozzy’s parts with a howling authenticity that gives the girls the ability to go deep into the Sabbath catalog and play songs like “Hole in the Sky” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” that you’ll never hear the boys do. This ain’t no wig wearing bunch of weekend warriors.
If you missed Black Sabbitch when they played the Neurolux last fall, this is your chance to make up for it. It’s a Friday night, so there’s no excuse for missing one of the best show’s you’ll ever experience. If you love early Sabbath this is a must-see event. Doors open at 7pm. Do not miss this!