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Steel Panther
Balls Out
November 2011
Released: 2011, Universal
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Steel Panther are one of the best bands to have come along in the past few years. Their debut album; FEEL THE STEEL has not been out of rotation since it came out in 2009. Here we are some 2 years later and the follow-up is finally here. Are you ready for it?

Let me start by saying that BALLS OUT is filled with deep lyrics about sex, drugs and more sex. If you were expecting anything different then you clearly don’t know or understand Steel Panther. You should go back to the beginning and play FEEL THE STEEL until you know it inside out, then you are ready for BALLS OUT. These guys say in their lyrics what many bands have alluded to in theirs. Steel Panther just comes right out and says it, no holes barred. This makes for one fun listen. With titles like “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “That’s What Girls Are For”, “It Won’t Suck Itself” and “I Like Drugs” what would you honestly expect? Seriously?

Musically these guys are amazing. Yes you will hear elements of other bands but do you care? NO! One such instance is on “That’s What Girls Are For” which is full on Def Leppard at the beginning. They way they put it all together is original and breathing life back into the music world. Michael Starr is one of the best vocalists to have come along in awhile. He can nail the highest of highs and hold it or let out the most Metal of screams. Guitarist Satchel stands out just as much with some killer riffs and solos. Between these 2 guys they have brought back the best of everything 80’s Metal had to offer but kicked it up a notch or 2.

An excellent album from start to finish that is sure to satisfy. This will surely go down as one of the year’s best albums. With a song like “Tomorrow Night” and “Why Can’t You Trust Me?” how can you go wrong? Another killer track is “I Like Drugs” with some of the best dialogue ever. The whole section towards the end when Starr gets pulled over is pure classic. The only complaint with this album is the guest vocalist on “It Won’t Suck Itself”. In one word, terrible. Why would a killer band like Steel Panther get this hack from the current worst band on the planet to guest on vocals? Maybe too many drugs and they weren’t thinking straight, or at all. The Nickleback guy has ruined what would have been a perfect album.
Track Listing

01. In The Future
02. Supersonic Sex Machine
03. Just Like Tiger Woods
04. 17 Girls In A Row
05. If You Really, Really Love Me
06. It Won't Suck Itself
07. Tomorrow Night
08. Why Can't You Trust Me
09. That's What Girls Are For
10. Gold-Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
12. Critter
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride


Michael Starr (vocals)
Satchel (guitar)
Lexxi Foxx (bass)
Stix Zadinia (drums)



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