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Album Reviews : Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

By on April 5, 2014

Steel-Panther-All-You-Can-Eat-coverA simple criticism to be leveraged at Steel Panther would be that they’ve unashamedly utilised the same heavy metal stylings as their heroes Def Leppard, Motley Crue and the rest of the Glam metal crew throughout their four full length albums. Along with juvenile lyrics that wouldn’t be out of place in a thirteen-year-old boy’s bored doodlings in class, with subtle song titles on ‘All You Can Eat’ such as ‘Gangbang at the Old Folks Home’ and ‘She’s on the Rag’, Steel Panther have all the makings of a joke band that typically wouldn’t make it out of a suburban garage. However, this would be completely missing the point of the band, and their fourth album ‘All You Can Eat’ solidifies their reputation as, ironically, one of the best metal bands in the world.

As a fan of the band that knows every word to every song on their major label debut album, ‘Feel the Steel’, it’s possible to understand the initial apprehension when faced with the Panther. It may not be a secret to fans, but to those who haven’t been exposed to their genius, the secret to Steel Panther is that all four members are exceptionally talented at their respective roles. Normally with an album, there is one stand out band member during a recording, but with ‘All You Can Eat’, the whole band experience of Steel Panther is what prevents them from being a relic in the modern day. Drummer Stix Zadinia can make a simple beat in ‘Bukkake Tears’ as compelling as the thudding double kicks during ‘Pussywhipped’, vocalist Michael Starr can easily match David Lee Roth’s range, bassist Lexxi Foxx can bring a groove that would make any cynic nod their head, and guitarist Satchel knows exactly when a killer riff or face melting solo is required (always, is the correct answer).

There’s no mistaking that their lyrics are bottom barrel, but there’s something about the LA natives that transforms the lowbrow humour into, dare I say, a magical experience. At this point, there’s no other band that could get a crowd of tens of thousands to sing, “There was so much love on your face, I couldn’t see the jizz” and still have it not be the most offensive lyric in the setlist. When listening to the Panther, it’s perfectly acceptable to laugh hysterically whilst air guitaring like mad, and ‘All You Can Eat’ gives fans an opportunity to do just that; the pinnacle of this occurs during the final solo of ‘Fucking my Heart in the Ass’, and challenges you to even try and not enjoy yourself.

Anyone who is even slightly a fan of 80’s heavy metal and glam should be able to recognize the genuine skill and talent during ‘All You Can Eat’, and for previous fans, Steel Panther’s latest will live up to their high expectations. For anyone who didn’t like their previous releases, Steel Panther’s fourth won’t change their mind at all. But hey, the band won’t care as long as you have a good time somewhere else (preferably with cocaine and hookers); they’ve already got everyone who matters on their side partying anyway.

Band: Steel Panther
Album: All You Can Eat
Year: 2014
Genre: Glam Metal
Label: Kobalt Label Services
Origin: United States
www.steelpantherrocks.com
www.facebook.com/steelpantherkicksass

Tracklisting:

1. Pussywhipped
2. Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World
3. Gloryhole
4. Bukkake Tears
5. Gangbang at the Old Folks Home
6. Ten Strikes You’re Out
7.The Burden of Being Wonderful
8.Fucking My Heart in the Ass
9. B.V.S.
10.You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk
11. If I Was the King
12. She’s on the Rag

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