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Album Review: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat


Steel-Panter-All-You-Can-EatOnce again, Steel Panther is back with the follow-up to their very successful Balls Out release from 2011.  What’s really not to love about this good-time 80s styled hard rock?  All You Can Eat is another round of highly offensive fun, but then again it depends on what exactly offends you.  I mean, I can’t say that Steel Panther is lying or exaggerating in their lyrics.  Seems to me like all these events and situations are certainly plausible or even possibly factual.  They are just very blunt and literal about how they perceive the world.  And, just when you think they will never top a song like Weenie Ride, they come up with She’s On The Rag…to include the alternate (acoustic) version of that bloody song with different lyrics.  There is a good time to be had here.

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Theme Thursday – Band/Artist Interviews


I like a good interview especially one that is videotaped for a show.  The only problem with being a metal fan is that really good interviews can be hard to find.  Sure, there are tons of interviews to sift through, but the problem with most of them are that they tend to be short – anywhere from two to seven minutes give or take.  Often, they are backstage after the show and the questions tend to revolve around the performance, interaction with fans, or the status of the latest album.  That’s all fine and dandy, but I like to hear good thought-provoking questions.  What do I think classifies as a good interview?  In my own humble opinion, there needs to be at least 20-minutes to enable a decent discussion to take place.  Otherwise, it’s just a question and answer session that provides basically the same information that can be read online.

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Monday Metal Madness – Heavy Metal Parodies


Last week it looks like Machine Head‘s cover of Iron Maiden‘s “Hallowed Be Thy Name” bested Evile‘s take on Pantera‘s “Cemetery Gates”.  Congrats!!

This week let’s have a bit of a laugh.  Here are 4 bands that like to have a bit of fun with the heavy metal culture.  So, what say you?  Do you like Steel Panther‘s lampooning of 80′s hair metal, Dethklok‘s stabs at death metal, Spinal Tap‘s digs at the early metal scene, or Austrian Death Machine‘s Schwarzeneggerian approach to thrash metal.

 

In Case You Haven’t Picked It Up Yet


Here’s an official full album stream of Machine Head‘s new album Unto the Locust.  Not much more to say other than this is one spectacular slab of metal(I think I slobbered over this enough already…)  If you haven’t picked it up yet this should be lighting the fire under your ass.  Also, there’s a stream of Balls Out, the new album by the ultra-classy 80′s metal throwback band Steel Panther.  It includes perennial classics such as “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “17 Girls in a Row”, and “It Won’t Suck Itself”.  Seriously though, it’s got some killer metal and the lyrics are surprisingly clever, you’ll have a good time listening to it.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Music Video Mania-Modern Retro Videos


When watching movies I’ve been caught often saying “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”, especially if I’m going back and watching a classic such as Ghostbusters, The Dark Crystal(or any Jim Henson movie for that matter), or Conan the Barbarian.  There was something special about those films that gave a warm human touch to them, probably the fact that human hands had touched every aspect of the creation.  I’m not saying that modern movies suck, in fact I enjoy them quite a bit, but you have to admit that some of the movie magic is gone.  The same could be said about music videos.  Back then(err, the 80′s and 90′s) making a music video was usually on a tight budget and people didn’t have access to inexpensive HD video camera or video editing software, but they got by using some creativity and imagination.

Here are some modern(post 2000′s) metal music videos that whether using modern technology or not give a shout out to an age past by incorporating themes, moods, colors, and techniques used in movies and music videos.  Enjoy!! And if you know of any modern retro metal videos that aren’t listed here I’d love to know about it down in the comments!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Opeth-The Devils Orchard

Just like Opeth‘s latest album is a throwback to the sounds of the 70′s it would seem logical that their latest music video would do the same.  It has that 70′s psychedelic exploitation movie style and I love the soft colors throughout the video.  So, who else thought of The Seventh Seal(I think the chess board was a direct nod to that film, especially since it’s a Swedish-made movie and Opeth are Swedish) and Hitchcock, especially Vertigo?

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