Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

All You Can EatHow much further can Steel Panther take their musical piss take? I mean, their debut album Feel The Steel (2009) was funny as hell and had all the right ingredients for this kind of spectacle. It didn’t hurt that the songs were really good and the band are all brilliant musicians either. Lead vocalist Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) was once the lead singer in Van Halen tribute act Atomic Punks and for a while one of L.A. Guns million singers and guitarist Sachtel (Russ Parrish) played in Rob Halford’s Fight. Steel Panther started out as the cover band Metal Skool who covered melodic hard rock and AOR songs from the eighties and early nineties. They changed their name to Steel Panther when it was time for them to write their own material. Well, they stole most of it, to be honest, and re-wrote the songs.And it wasn’t that difficult to figure out which songs that laid ground for their own stuff. Live, these guys are hilarious. They’re like a heavy metal stand up comedy show. The success of their debut led, of course, to a follow-up – and we all know how hard it can be for a band to follow up a really successful album. Usually, the follow up doesn’t either sell as well and, to be honest, isn’t as good. Only a few bands have delivered the good twice is a row – Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen and Skid Row are a few I can think of. In Steel Panther’s case, the mission was almost impossible, because how do you follow up a thing like this without repeating yourself, but still maintain the very thing that made you popular in the first place? Not an easy task and Steel Panther had painted themselves into a corner. Balls Out came out in 2011 and it couldn’t match either the quality or the success of the debut.

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