Heavy Metal Rules
Although on the outside, Steel Panther appears to be a gimmick disguised as a commercially viable success, the band have a stream of dedicated followers that truly appreciate their talents. And ultimately, regardless of the lyrical content, or completely over the top solo’s, as musicians, Steel Panther are extremely talented. This is why it won’t surprise you to read that “Music Journalists” such as the NME’s own, Jordan Bassett, described the latest record, Heavy Metal Rules, as having “dumb guitar riffs”.
Steel Panther have been very consistent in defending themselves over the years, and so they should. Are the lyrics childish? Yes. Are they funny? Not to everyone. Are they serious? No. If after 5 albums you still can’t grasp the concept of - They are having fun - then maybe you’re short a few brain cells. Steel Panther are supposed to be entertaining, however, they take the musical aspects of what they do incredibly seriously. From a songwriting point of view, there’s hardly a band out there today that can match Steel Panther on their technical mastery of how to write a catchy tune. Especially a smash hit Rock or Metal song. Let’s also point out, their first 4 records landed them top 20 chart positions in the US Rock Charts.
They’ve also lasted longer than most modern bands and enjoyed a lot more success.
However, despite this, they are still having to fend off the constant backlash, mainly from people who simply don’t understand what Steel Panther are all about. Take the controversy around the guitar pedal they released last year, the Pussy Melter. Manufacturer, TC Electronic decided to pull the pedal after the band started to receive a great deal of criticism and claims of being sexist and misogynistic.
Naturally, Steel Panther drummer, Stix Zadinia, took to social media to defend Panther honor and called out their critiques. “To all the haters and critics who ripped on us (or ANY band ever): I DARE you to write a song. I dare you to put it out to the world. I dare you to try and follow your dreams. I dare you to have real balls. So let’s hear it since you know what’s good. Let us hear YOUR band.”
“My daughters are 7 and 4. Their favorite song is It Won’t Suck Itself. Kinda fucked up but they think Michaels singing It Won’t Stop Itself. They air drum in the car and throw up the horns. You guys keep doing your thing. Don’t ever change. Best live show I’ve seen.” Said a fan on twitter.
Another fan said “People don't realize how much hard work is put into making these albums and songs. Steel Panther forever”
Steel Panther’s new record, Heavy Metal Rules, is out now. If you don't like it, go stick your head in front of a Gloryhole.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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