STEEL PANTHER - Feel The Steel
The '80s had some fantastic rock spoofs in the shape of Spinal Tap and Bad News. The '90s didn't really have anything that stood out, but for the 2000s however, it seems as though Steel Panther may take that prize. Part homage, part rip, part adult comedy project, his “band's” crude focus is solely set on the overindulgent and sex obsessed Glam Rock ethic of the '80s, the song titles speaking for themselves – Asian Hooker, Stripper Girl, Party All Day (F*** All Night)… While funny with its highly offensive lyrics, some torchbearers for the Sleaze / Glam era of over two decades back may take insult at that great musical time period being lampooned. One shouldn't take things so seriously though, especially with Metal royalty like Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Scott Ian from Anthrax joining in on the piss-take, making guest appearances on some of the tracks. (Other guests include Justin from The Darkness and M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold). You'll certainly feel guilty laughing at the disrespectful lyrics from Fat Girl, to Eatin' Ain't Cheatin' (although my wife found most of it amusing! - well, as funny as groupies and VD can get...). But, men also get reamed, like on the song Death To All But Metal (from The Goo Goo Dolls and Blink 182, to Kanye West, Eminem and 50Cent).You'll detect homage to Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Extreme and Bon Jovi - the styles replicated very well, from the Metal screams to guitar lead breaks. Where bands from those days mostly suggested their backstage and extracurricular antics, Steel Panther spells it out in graphic detail, and then some!
Parental guidance definitely advised!
5 / B
- Paul Blom
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