Steel Panther
Feel the Steel


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brendan Schroer STAFF
July 26th, 2012 | 61 replies | 5,610 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rock out with your cock out.

Remember The Darkness? They were (and now ARE, since they reformed recently) a British retro hard rock band with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor about their music. They were essentially a modern-day Queen with more emphasis on laughs and quite a bit less on musical quality. One could be forgiven for initially thinking that Steel Panther is the American equivalent to The Darkness, but this band goes further. They don't just place subtle sexual references and mildly offensive lyrics... no, they are very upfront, with topics ranging from dicks, tits, hookers, cocaine, and the like.

And does the music have to suffer from any of this? Nope. Steel Panther may be parodying glam metal, but their modern production and extra-heavy edge makes them far more entertaining to listen to than any Poison or Warrant song I've ever listened to. Additionally, the band members seem more skillful at their instruments, particularly guitarist Satchel. It's also hard to believe that vocalist Michael Starr is still able to belt it out so well in his mid-to-late 40's. Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadania do a commendable job in the rhythm section as well.

What better opener could there be than "Death to All but Metal" for an album like this? The song sees the band yearning for the old days of 80's metal bands and basically deriding more modern acts like 50 Cent. The whole song is hilarious, and the double bass drumming and extra guitar distortion make this one of the heaviest songs on the album. It's not like "Asian Hooker" tones things down either... the song is exactly what the title says: going to Asia and fucking a bunch of hookers, all while getting high. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian gives the song a nice heavy groove, while the Asian synthesizer effect makes the humor all the more present.

Unfortunately, there's a bit of a dull patch in the middle... "Fat Girl" and "Party All Day (Fuck All Night)" aren't bad songs, but they're not really as memorable. The former is a power ballad that is only funny in certain places before the joke wears thin, and at over 4 minutes, the "fat" premise gets a bit old. The latter, while it has Justin Hawkins making a cameo, is also a bit boring, following the Bon Jovi premise a little too closely. The solo is also a bit bland and could have brought more variety to the table.

Fortunately, the last four songs REALLY pick up the pace. "Turn Out the Lights", while quite morbid, is a fantastic rocker with surprisingly solid guest vocals from Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows. Also notable is album closer "Girl from Oklahoma", which is an all-acoustic ballad complete with a Latin-flavored solo from Satchel. However, the sentimental feel is obviously played for irony as Micheal sings about a groupie "sucking his balls all night". The song is a BRILLIANT way to finish the album.

There have been many sub-par comedy albums, mainly stemming from boring crude humor that's been played a thousand times. Thankfully, Steel Panther is willing to pick up the torch with something fresh... and for that, we should be very grateful.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
July 26th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

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KILL
July 26th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hans would be proud bro

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



19886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah, album rules. pos'd.

dunksman23
July 26th 2012



215 Comments


Harsh KILL. This is a good album :/

ProfessorVeerappan
July 26th 2012



790 Comments


maybe when i would be in the high school i would liked it

fine shaddy lyrics and sex and shit but hell yeah with a little twist of thrash ish feel mad
album
Steel Panther have produced .

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bloc
July 26th 2012



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty enjoyable album surprisingly. I prefer the latest one though.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



19886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Both rule but I think this one's better.

glezz
July 26th 2012



235 Comments


"They were essentially a modern-day Queen with more emphasis on laughs and just a notch less on musical quality."

Huh!? A Notch less than Queen?! The Darkness?
How about a whole shitload less!

METALFACE666
July 26th 2012



172 Comments


metal



Ikarus14
July 29th 2012



532 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is so lame...

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2013



9568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

\m/

trainofconsequence
November 17th 2013



1422 Comments


Death To All But Metal is the best song ever

manosg
November 17th 2013



5654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is some addictive shit.

Digging: Donovan - Sunshine Superman

BigPleb
November 20th 2013



33769 Comments


Man this band/album, love it.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

BigPleb
November 20th 2013



33769 Comments


ITS LIKE I GOT PUNCHED IN THE NUTS BY A DUDE WHO KNOWS T'AI CHIIIIIIIII

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2013



9568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So damn good \m/

BigPleb
November 21st 2013



33769 Comments


FAT GIRRRLLL
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE EATING AGAIN!

FAT GIRRRLLL
WHERE DOES YOUR NECK BEGINNNNNN?!

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2013



9568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kill those fucking fuckheads
who program MTV

They can kiss my ass
with all the record compaNIIIIEEEEESSSS

Tyrannic
November 21st 2013



3261 Comments


Bigdweeb is a fat chick with no hot bath to begin and no wall nailing

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2013



9568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those are fightin' words, ya meatsack



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