Feel the Steel

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Feel the Steel
Studio album by Steel Panther
Released October 6, 2009 (see release history)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, comedy rock
Length 44:26
Label Universal
Producer Jay Ruston
Steel Panther chronology
Hole Patrol
(as Metal Skool)
(2003)
Feel the Steel
(2009)
Balls Out
(2011)
Singles from Feel the Steel
  1. "Death to All But Metal"
    Released: January 26, 2009
  2. "Community Property"
    Released: June 2, 2009

Feel the Steel is the second album by hard rock/glam metal band Steel Panther, and their debut major label release. The tracks "Fat Girl", "Stripper Girl" and "Hell's On Fire" are re-recordings from the 2003 debut album Hole Patrol while "Death to All But Metal" is a re-recording from their 2004 contribution to the Metal Sludge compilation Hey That's What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1.[citation needed] Unlike the debut album and their Metal Sludge compilation tracks, Feel the Steel is composed entirely of songs, lacking any spoken word comedy skits present on earlier releases. The video for "Death to All But Metal" features comedian Sarah Silverman. The album debuted on #123 and peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.[1]

The album was released June 8, 2009 in the UK, October 6 in North America and December 11 in Australia.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 55/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
BBC (favorable)[4]
Hot Press (4/5)[5]
The Independent (favorable)[6]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
Mojo 3/5 stars[7]
NME (3/10)[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic (4.0/5)[11]
Steel Panther Live.
Ralph Saenz/Michael Starr (left) and Travis Haley/Lexi Foxx (center) performing with Steel Panther in San Diego. Photo: Tawny Rockerazzi.

Initial critical response to Feel the Steel was mixed. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 57, based on four reviews.[12] Negative reviews found the album unfunny by taking the jokes too far. Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic wrote that "Steel Panther's ability to create songs that sound like they came from 1987 is commendable. That's about as close to clever as it gets, though. As David St. Hubbins said, "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever," and Saenz's locker-room humor wears thin quickly."[3] Sophie Bruce of the BBC stated "Quite simply, Feel the Steel is an utter feelgood masterpiece."[4] The Independent wrote that "it's essentially Spinal Tap/Bad News brought forward five years to the coked-up cock-rock era, complete with titles such as "Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'" and dangerous levels of dumb-ass homophobia, sexism, racism and sizeism. The songs are at times terrifyingly authentic. Is it new? Don't be stupid. Is it funny? Hell yeah."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steel Panther, except "Girl from Oklahoma" co-written with Dean Cameron

No. Title Length
1. "Death to All But Metal" (featuring Corey Taylor) 2:30
2. "Asian Hooker"   4:02
3. "Community Property"   3:39
4. "Eyes of a Panther"   3:37
5. "Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)"   4:38
6. "Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'"   3:51
7. "Party All Day (Fuck All Night)" (featuring Justin Hawkins) 3:03
8. "Turn Out the Lights" (featuring M. Shadows) 4:24
9. "Stripper Girl"   3:35
10. "The Shocker"   4:10
11. "Girl from Oklahoma"   3:57
Total length:
41:24

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Europe June 8, 2009
Japan August 5, 2009
United States October 6, 2009
Scandinavia November 16, 2009
Australia December 11, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p1123733
  2. ^ "Feel The Steel - Steel Panther". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason. "Review: Feel the Steel". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Bruce, Sophie (2009-06-02). "Steel Panther Feel The Steel Review". BBC. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Freyne, Patrick. "Feel The Steel". Hot Press. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Prince, Simon (June 14, 2009). "Album: Steel Panther, Feel the Steel, (Island)". The Independent. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ Mojo: 106. July 2009. "It's funnier than the Crue. And that's no mean feat." 
  8. ^ Phull, Hardeep. "Album Review: Steel Panther - 'Feel The Steel'". NME. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Q: 117. July 2009. "Enjoyment of this LA tribute act's wilfully non-PC parody of '80s hair metal entirely correlates with one's familiarity with Poison and Faster Pussycat's liking for double--often single-entendres." 
  10. ^ Lewis, Faye (June 2009). "Steel Panther – Feel the Steel." Rock Sound (123): 89.
  11. ^ Morgendorffer, Brendan. "Steel Panther Feel the Steel". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Feel the Steel reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved October 13, 2009.