By Andrew Bansal
Los Angeles glam/comedy metal heroes Steel Panther unleashed their fourth studio album ‘All You Can Eat’ appropriately on April 1st via their own label Open E Entertainment, an album that promises to offer a delicious 48-minute treat of Steel Panther at their uncensored best.
The comedic element in song titles and lyrics is a huge part of what Steel Panther does, and in comparison to their previous efforts, this album truly turns this aspect all the way up to 11 and beyond as the band does not hold back whatsoever. Even upon the very first full taste of this album, listeners would overdose on the copious amounts of obscene humor that’s been injected into these new tunes, and Steel Panther’s hometown fan base in Los Angeles would very much look forward to seeing how these songs are presented live and what kind of jokes Michael Starr comes up with to introduce such audaciously titled songs on stage.
Despite the fact that their whole presentation is a lighthearted parody of 80s glam metal, the musicianship that goes into these compositions is often overlooked and many don’t realize that the quartet of Michael Starr on vocals, the multi-faceted Satchel on guitar, Lexxi Foxx on bass and Stix Zadinia are excellent musicians in their own right. Musically, ‘All You Can Eat’ is a varied album that in part offers a more easy-listening experience with mid to low-tempo tunes that are strong on melody, but at the same time the album also boasts of out-and-out rockers like “Gloryhole”, “Ten Strikes You’re Out”, “If I Was The King”, and “Pussywhipped”, which is my favorite track because it opens this can of worms and is the fastest, most ‘metal’ tune on offer here.
Production-wise, this is easily the strongest album Steel Panther have released thus far as all elements of the music are equally prominent and have been utilized to the fullest, but the guitar tone in particular has never been as good as this. The rhythm section is crisp and solid, and even though Michael Starr’s vocals are self-harmonized and multi-layered for a sizable portion of the music, that’s more to do with the production approach rather than any lack of singing ability on his part.
Granted that the music part alone is probably heavier, rawer and more anthemic on older albums and fans of that aspect of Steel Panther might still find those albums more enjoyable, but as a whole package of music and comedy, ‘All You Can Eat’ comes up trumps with its face value and content, with its songs possessing the potential to catch on and make the same kind of impact. And in addition, the epic cover artwork which is a play on ‘The Last Supper’ certainly makes the CD and vinyl formats of the album worth the purchase.
Overall, Steel Panther’s newest studio effort lives up to its title and leaves no stone unturned in catering its audience with just about all they can eat.
Record Label: Open E Entertainment
Release Date: April 1st 2014
2. Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
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
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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