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Review: Absolute Steel - Womanizer
Absolute Steel

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 40:59
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 27, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Oh man... I swear I haven't heard something like this since the 80s. Imagine glam-era Mötley Crüe-style lyrics with an earlier metal sound and you have Absolute Steel, the new nightmare of parents and feminists alike. :) Just take a look at the track listing and right there you have a damn good idea of the lyrical content. Let's take this off "Beerrun":

We're out of beer
Let's go for a beer run
We gotta save the party

Right there it's obvious these guys don't take themselves very seriously, and one could argue that they're either party animals, or want us to believe they are. Assuming you have both a sense of humour and aren't stuck in politically correct mode, you can't help but smile, laugh and just have fun listening to this album. "High Heels and Fishnet Stocking", "Beerrun", "Kick", "Deeper", "Too Slow Above" and "Deliverance" are straight ahead fist-pumping rockers, while "Rough Love (Tender Heart)" and "Juicy Lucy" are ballads. The latter has some rather explicit moments - well, they're explicit if you have just a little bit of imagination. Only two ballads but they drag on a bit and give the impression that a large part of the album is made of ballads. Weird. The closer is an instrumental that has some good moments, but clocking at over 7 minutes it's too long for its own good. "Deeper" is a bit in-between, not much of a rocker but not a ballad either. I'll let you guess the subject matter.

So essentially what we have here is a melodic heavy metal band with a very 80s sound - in fact if you did live in the 80s, you'll get the feeling you've heard this a hundred times before, with lyrics that could give a run for their money to some of those glam bands that loved to sing about parties and sex. Not only is it fun, but the guys can play and the singer has a very agreeable voice. Hey with so many bands covering rather serious subject matter nowadays, once in a while we still need some mindless fun, and Absolute Steel is it.

Track Listing:
  1. High Heels And Fishnet Stockings
  2. Beerrun
  3. Kick
  4. Rough Love (Tender Heart)
  5. Deeper
  6. Juicy Lucy
  7. Too Slow Above
  8. Deliverance
  9. Opus Suite
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