"Death to All But Metal"
Released: January 26, 2009
Released: June 2, 2009
Feel the Steel is the second overall, and first major-label debut studio album by American heavy metal band Steel Panther. It was released on October 6, 2009 on Universal Records. 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. 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.
The album was released June 8, 2009 in the UK, October 6 in North America and December 11 in Australia.
Ralph Saenz/Michael Starr (left) and Travis Haley/Lexxi 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. 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." Sophie Bruce of the BBC stated "Quite simply, Feel the Steel is an utter feelgood masterpiece."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."NME placed the 2009 video for "Fat Girl", from this album, at number 41 on its list of the "50 worst music videos ever".
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