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Album Review

In case you're wondering, despite what VH-1's Behind the Music might have you believe, hair metal is still alive and kicking. Unfortunately, it's more low-brow than ever, thanks to L.A.'s Steel Panther. Taking debauchery to the next level for their debut, Feel the Steel, the band gathers inspiration from Warrant, Poison, and Mötley Crüe as they pretend to be a metal group with two primal desires: rocking faces and scoring chicks. Metal satire is a well-traveled road, with Bad News, Spinal Tap, and Tenacious D all taking their respective turns portraying lunk-headed metalheads. Likewise, one-time L.A. Guns frontman Ralph Saenz (playing the part of "Michael Starr") does his best impression of an egotistical David Lee Roth/Bret Michaels type who dedicates 50-percent of his time on the microphone objectifying women ("Fat Girl Thar She Blows) and the other half boasting about his appendage. It's a convincing act, as is the performance by the rest of the band (drummer Stix Zadinia, bassist Lexxi Foxxx, and lead guitarist Satchel), with their text-book Hit Parader shredding and spot-on attention to '80s production details. Metal references fly out of every corner, with nods to the Def Leppard ultra-processed "Whoa Oh" sound, Richie Sambora's "Bad Medicine" guitar talk box intro, and a slapping acoustic ode to Extreme's definitive power ballad "More Than Words." Steel Panther's ability to create songs that sound like they came from 1987 is commendable, and as ridiculously clichéd and crude as the lyrics are, there are some chuckle-worthy moments. That said, it's not a disc for the easily offended or the faint of heart.

Customer Reviews


I heard Death tho All But metal on the radio one night and it had me on the floor for a week. When I finally composed myself, they played Community Property. I lie in a hospital bed as I write this....


This is the best joke/rock album since Tenacious D's debut. This album is truly exceptional, lyrically as rude as you like but the music is where the true genius of this record lies. They might be sending up those 80's hair metal acts but they do it oh so well, you won't be disappointed!

Childish toilet humour that should not be heard by anyone!

Ok, this album is complete crap - it's offensive and insensitive and completley immature that only teenage boys would like, but come on it's absolutley hilarious! the lyrics are geneous and the music is amazing!

The only problem with this album is that you will end up playing it so much that the words aren't funny anymore but don't let that put you off, because these songs are fantastic to sing along to!


Genre: Rock

Satirically pretending to be a hair metal band that missed its big break in the '80s, singer Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx"), and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel") hit the club circuit on the Sunset Strip around the turn of the millennium under the name Metal Shop (later changed to Metal Skool, and then to Steel Panther). With big spiky wigs, leather jackets, zebra-striped spandex, chops earned from playing in a Van Halen...
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Feel the Steel, Steel Panther
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hair Metal, Metal, Comedy
  • Released: 01 January 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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