The renowned rockers don’t wander too from the tree here.
Being their fifth album, Heavy Metal Rules sits comfortably in Steel Panther’s repertoire. They’ve dedicated themselves to their genre of party metal, as AC/DC and Motörhead did within their respective genres.
From its opener ‘Zebraman’ being a crass precursor to the whole album, the album is pretty much what you’d expect. For instance, ‘All I Wanna Do is Fuck (Myself Tonight)’ is a life of the party song, a damn catchy one at that, while ‘I’m Not Your Bitch’ is a cry for respect with some awesome riffs to boot. And as for ‘Gods of Pussy’, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory.
The title track, ‘Heavy Metal Rules’, acts as a testament for Steel Panther to remain dedicated to heavy metal without it sounding too similar to their earlier ‘Death to All But Metal’ from 2009’s Feel The Steel (even though they still have a good dig at other genres, especially punk).
The album’s closer ‘I Ain’t Buying What You’re Selling’ is a highlight for its theme of self-acceptance and honesty; it stands as an emotional, acoustic conclusion to Heavy Metal Rules.
Pretty much on track with what they are and what they stand for, Steel Panther clearly have no intention of steering left or right.