Glam metal parody delights Steel Panther have returned with their fourth studio full-length effort, ‘Lower The Bar’. This album, just like their previous three, is still in the same vein, with the comedic lyrics that shouldn’t be taken seriously since that’s most definitely not what Steel Panther are about as a band. Steel Panther are about providing the listener with silly and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the glam metal scene of the 80s which provide laugh after laugh.
‘Lower The Bar’ continues this trend after their two previous offerings, 2011’s ‘Balls Out’ and 2014’s ‘All You Can Eat’. However, there are times which this does get tiresome, as there can only be so many ways to vividly and graphically describe ‘sensitive encounters’. There’s the issue of the album only picking up momentum with the third song, ‘Poontang Boomerang’, and with their previous LPs, it doesn’t need this much time to get the ball rolling.
That being said, ‘Lower The Bar’ does retain the incredibly tight instrumentation from Satchel, Lexxi, and Stix, who are all genuinely incredible musicians whom along with vocalist Michael Starr provide an experience that’s as comedic as it is worthwhile to return time and time again if the jokes ever become stale. Satchel in particular has improved, with solos that come across far more authentic and original than coming across as a by-product of the influence that the band wear so heavily on their sleeves.
A major positive is that despite the thirteen tracks on the album, Steel Panther don’t overstay their welcome. There’s times where ‘Lower The Bar’ almost feels like a continuation of ‘Feel The Steel’, especially with tracks like ‘Poontang Boomerang’ sounding like they could be an extension of ‘Party All Day (Fuck All Night)’ or ‘Turn Out The Lights’.
In a world dominated by rock, punk, and metal acts taking themselves far too seriously, Steel Panther offer a breath of fresh air with their comedic brand. The band, who in many peoples’ eyes peaked on their debut album, have defied the naysayers by delivering an album in many ways comparable to ‘Feel The Steel’. A joke that was said to have gone too far with ‘All You Can Eat’ is definitely not the case with ‘Lower The Bar’.
Written by Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)
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