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CD review STEEL PANTHER "Lower the Bar"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2017 von Markus W. in Steel Panther, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Kobald Music, CD Review, News

(8/10) Where else could a band like Steel Panther be rooted than the Sunset Strip in L.A.? It was in the beginning of the new century when the four guys, at that time under the banner Metal Shop, started their career with weekly shows. 

The self-released debut came out of the blocks in 2003 but it took six more years before Steel Panther had their break-through. "Feel the Steel" was the anticipated second longplayer of Californian Steel Panther, released on Universal Records. What attracted notice has been the song titles and lyrics of this album. 

Even though the music was more standard and average the band gained new fans and started a success story that still ongoing up to date. End of March this year the band from L.A. releases their fifth longplayer entitled "Lower the Bar" and Steel Panther follows their formula for success with the ambiguous title being one part of it.

Steel Panther plays with the cliche of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. How much of this is authentic and how much is comedy-based fiction is something only the quartet knows and therfore let's focus on the music. I was grown up with bands like Ratt, Warrant and Poison; groups that based their imagine on spandex trousers, hairspray, make-up and simple songs with catchy melodies. Steel Panther brings back these days for the fifth time. The tracks on "Lower the Bar" cover the whole width of sleazy hairspray metal. There is the grooving opener, the heavy "Pussy ain't Free", the slower "Now thw Fun starts" and the powerballad "That's When You Came In"; each of them not being a masterpiece of rock but highly entertaining.

Fans of the band will be euphoric while listening to "Lower the Bar" and all the others can address again their disappointment. However, Steel Panther stays true to themselves, even though it feels like the story's been told. I guess the next album needs to have more than only standard songs with slippery lyrics. But for this time I can say that the eleven songs are creating a good mood and a party feeling, something that's maybe enough of a reason to go for "Lower the Bar" in these dark days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Goin’ in the Back Door
  2. Anything Goes
  3. Poontang Boomerang
  4. That’s When You Came In
  5. Wrong Side Of The Tracks (Out In Beverly Hills)
  6. Now The Fun Starts
  7. Pussy Ain’t Free
  8. Wasted Too Much Time
  9. I Got What You Want
  10. Walk Of Shame
  11. She’s Tight

 

 

Label: Kobald Music Recording

Genre: Sleaze Rock

Release Date EU: March 24th, 2017
CD review STEEL PANTHER "Lower the Bar"
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WACKEN 2014 as live stream!!!

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2014 von Markus W. in Wacken, News, Hammerfall, Steel Panther, Saxon, Accept, Kreator, Apocalyptica, Motorhead

German news side Spiegel Online streams some shows of the mighty WACKEN Open Air 2014 in cooperation with ARTE Concerts. Here comes the preliminary list of broadcasted shows.

 

Thursday

17.00 - 17.45  Skyline 

18.00 - 19.15  Hammerfall

19.30 - 20.45  Steel Panther

21.00 - 22.15  Saxon

22.30 - 24.00  Accept

 

Friday

from 16.45  Heaven Shall Burn

from 18.00  Children of Bodom

from 19.30  Apocalyptica

from 21.15  Carcass

from 00.00  Saltatio Mortis

 

Saturday

17.30 - 18.45  Emperor

19.00 - 20.15  Amon Amarth

20.30 - 21.45  J.B.O.

(23.30 - 00.00  Motörhead - probabaly as Video on Demand)

00.15 - 01.30  Kreator

01.45 - 02.45  Schandmaul

WACKEN 2014 as live stream!!!
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CD review STEEL PANTHER "All you can eat"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2014 von Markus W. in Steel Panther, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) The new album of hardrock 'satirist' Steel Panther is called "All you can eat" and continues the journey which was started two records ago in 2009 with the debut "Feel the steel".  Steel Panther always remind me to a song from the earlier Whitesnake which is called "Wine, women and song". This goes actually very much for the band from L.A.. It could be their motto.

 
The lyrics are again focussing on party, women and sex. Steel Panther continues using their very explicit language, which is still a controversial thing. For me personally I have to say that it was a funny satirical approach on their debut, it gave another smile on "Balls out", but it starts now to get boring. It's like listening three times to the same joke. At a certain moment the story is told and it would be good to see the band on the next record with some more lyrical surprises.
 
Besides this fact the music is awesome. Much better than on the last record, Steel Panther found back to their old strength. This is writing straight-forward hardrock song, which are for sure on the same level as the ones from the glam bands of the 80's. Bands like Ratt and Mötley Crüe didn't write better tunes than the California quartet. The high quality of the music can be also recognised by the constantly growing amount of fans. Steel Panther gets more and more successful and are accepted by fans from many different metal sub-genres. It is the good time rock'n'roll which is highly appreciated by a lot of people. This approach is also the strength of the new album "All you can eat". My faves are e.g. "The burden of being wonderful". It's a half ballad with great hooks. Poison couldn't have done it better. I just say "I'm the Maserati in the world of KIA's". And there is the great sleaze rocker "Party like tomorrow is the end of the world". You have the feeling that the eighties are alive and the party is still ongoing. The ballad "Bukkake tears" has a lot of Bon Jovi while "Ten strikes you're out" is based on a typical ZZ Top beat and a bluesy six string. "B.V.S." is another musical highlight (not from the lyrics) of the album. The fast grooving hardrocker is right to the point and kicks ass. This is how we want rock'n'roll. Again "Wine, women and song" seems to be the leading cliche.
 
To sum up: "All you can Eat" is a cool hardrock album with excellent songs, mainly annoying lyrics and a perfect soundtrack for a good time.
 
 
(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Pussywhipped
  2. Party like tomorrow is the end of the world
  3. Gloryhole
  4. Bukkake tears
  5. Gangbang at the old folks home
  6. Ten strikes you're out
  7. The burdon of being wonderful
  8. F***ing my heart in the ass
  9. B.V.S.
  10. You're beautiful when you don't talk
  11. If I was the king
  12. She's on the rag
 
 
Label: Open E Music
Genre: Sleaze Rock 

 

CD review STEEL PANTHER "All you can eat"
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