Sunday, 13 April 2014

Steel Panther - All You Can Eat

Release Date: 1st April 2014
Genre: Comedy, glam hard rock
Record Label: Open E Music, Kobalt Label Services
Number of Tracks: 12

Overall Rating: 7.6/10

If you have never heard of Steel Panther  then you should hide yo kids hide yo wife, and prepare yourself for profane vulgarity towards sex and sexual themes that will have you in stitches and singing (probably not in public) along.

Steel Panther had some early success on the sunset strip as a Van Halen cover band, before releasing their first single, Death To All But Metal  in 2003. This was included in their first album Feel the Steel in 2009. Their second album is more risque with 'true' song about how the lead guitarist Satchel "Fucked 17 girls at the grocery store and never lost his erection". This 3rd album All You Can Eat  takes the themes from potentially true and sometimes thoughtful ideas, to humourous and comical. The track listing is below so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. 

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."  (Big Vagina Syndrome)
10. "You're Beautiful When You Don't Talk"  
11. "If I Was the King"  
12. "She's on the Rag"  

This album is loads of fun. Yes, Steel Panther are a comedy act, but the music is actually excellent. The album is full of catchy rhythms, lyrics and melodies. The construction on the most part is as simple as a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo theme, but they manage to mix styles and tempos to make it interesting and different every time. You can't deny that Satchels well executed solos are excellent and a real credit to this album. Even though this is a comical album, you can't help but feel that Satchel takes his guitaring very seriously, and puts a lot of effort into his solos.

The 80's parody they go for is done really well, with some excellent Van Halen style songs, such as The Burden of Being Wonderful and some of the lyrical themes are culturally infuriating with the 80s parody they are trying to convey. Examples can be seen in track 6 Ten Strikes and You're Out and If I Was the King.  

We can find very little fault with this album musically, however the reason you listen to Steel Panther is the vulgarity which entices a certain audience. You do get the feeling that the jokes are wearing thin after 3 albums, and there isn't anywhere new the band can go. I would also say it is less diverse than the previous 2, and lacks the softer Community Property or Girl From Oklahoma song that really made Feel the Steel pop.

Overall, it is a solid effort from Steel Panther and is another great addition to their discography. Musically is it superb, and it is a lot of fun. It would be interesting to see if their jokes continue to be funny on their next album. Steel Panther are undeniable proof that 80s glam rock can survive in 2014!

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