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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

Beacons of Light

Steel Panther are not only the most talented heavy metal artists on the big scene, they are lyrical geniuses. The feeling and passion that they put into every single song cannot be equalled by even the most contemporary musicians. Asian Hooker is a true testament to the equality and acknowldegement of women that Steel Panther give to all women. This is followed up by Fat Girl, which demonstrates that even the weight challenged cannot only be loved, they can have songs dedicated to them. Every man has faced the dilemma that Eatin' Ain't Cheatin' displays as a true to life ballad of conflict. The quality of guitar and depth of feeling in the song Stripper Girl should make every exotic dancer shed a tear. I know I did. The most catchy song of the lot gets me into plenty of hot water in work with The Shocker. I often find myself singing it out loud at the most inappropriate times but Steel Panther has created such an easy going, hard rocking ballad with this one, it cannot be ignored by the charts any longer. This is a truly lengendary album by a truly legendary band. They are truly Community Property now.

Feel the Steel, Steel Panther
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  • €7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hair Metal, Metal, Comedy
  • Released: 01 January 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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