Nobody ever accused American heavy metal band Steel Panther of being serious. The debate continues circulating the metal community, where a large percentage of metal fans deem Steel Panther to be the second incarnation of Satan himself, purely based on the fact that they don’t value serious songwriting and write vulgar, offensive lyrics. This is not new to us, and a lot of people still haven’t been able to grasp that Steel Panther are competent musicians, but the fact they aren’t a serious band means they shouldn’t be grouped in categories of bands that are.
All You Can Eat is the band’s third studio album, and it still possesses the same qualities as their previous two records. If you read the tracklisting before listening to the album, you probably would have grasped this immediately anyway. We get it, Steel Panther’s choice of song titles and lyrics that accompany them aren’t funny to fans of Opeth or Meshuggah. With songs called ‘Gangbang At The Old Folks Home’, these aren’t going to be exceptionally poetic or majestically crafted songs, and will not be renowned for years to come based on their lyrical quality.
The fact remains that the aforementioned song is actually very catchy – featuring several 80’s heavy rhythmic sections over an even paced progression. The band dish out various anthemic choruses in songs like ‘Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World’ and ‘Fucking My Heart In The Ass’. They erupt with vicarious guitar solos that by themselves are actually pleasant and intelligently constructed. Michael Starr’s vocals bring about their usual powerful and explosive nature, permeating with grandiose lyrics that should never be repeated to grandparents or young children.
‘The Burden Of Being Wonderful’ is the album’s closest resemblance to a ballad, even though it is another expletive-filled parody of 80’s love songs. David Coverdale may be proud…in a way.
All You Can Eat flows very nicely as a catchy, entertaining listen that won’t ever please fans of serious metal. The fact remains, Steel Panther are not attempting to please such fans; they are purely a parody act that possess musical qualities of bands of 30 years ago, with seriously deranged minds and foul mouths. What else is new?
The fact does remain that All You Can Eat is nothing especially far removed from Steel Panther’s previous work – still keeping literally all the same qualities of catchy songs they have written before. That’s what Steel Panther are good at and they aren’t really going to experiment further than dishing out heavy metal on record that is great festival or general sing-along vibe material. Even better with a beer in your hand, but still won’t appeal to anyone who is expecting masterfully crafted metal music.
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
Steel Panther are:
Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) – Vocals /Guitar
Satchel (Russ Parrish) – lead guitar, backing vocals
Lexxi Foxx (Travis Haley) – bass, backing vocals
Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) – drums, piano, backing vocals
Check out Steel Panther this summer at Wacken Open Air.