Born with the mission to remind people that the 80’s were cool once and Vince Neil wasn’t fat, Steel Panther’s rise to success has been spectacular. Going from a LA hair metal cover band to arena playing, globe trotting superstars is a remarkable achievement for a band who many assumed would fade away when the joke got old. Their third album All You Can Eat is their latest attempt to prove this is far from the case.
Just to put this out there straight away, All You Can Eat is nowhere near as funny as Feel the Steel or possibly even Balls Out. The crudity that is Steel Panter’s stock in trade has become old hat now and what was once shocking is now the norm. However, there are still one or two truly laugh out loud moments on this album. “Gangbang at the Old Folks Home” and “The Burden of Being Wonderful” are both perfect examples of that and despite the joke growing a little bit stale, the Panther still have enough in the tank to make sure it’s not time to put it down quite yet.
Yet even if this album was never once funny, it would still be worth getting. It’s so easy to forget just how great a band Steel Panther are and this album is proof of exactly how great that is. Whether it be the rock club fodder of lead single “Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World” or the ballad “You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk” the Panther know how to write good rock and roll songs. This is all kick ass riffs and massive choruses and it’s easy to complete ignore the crudity and just enjoy some good old fashioned rock and roll.
It has become a bit of a cliché to point out that Steel Panther are now better at what they do than the bands that they were aping. However, it’s also completely true. Panther write songs reminiscent of the best of 80’s LA rock and even when the joke is well and truly dead that will be what keeps this band chugging along.
For Fans of: Motley Crue, Guns ‘N’ Roses
Choice Cuts: Glory Hole, Fucking My Heart in the Ass