June 1, 2012 by Leanna Evans Pink Steel - Out at the Devil
In September 1983, two former high school swim team members, Hanson Jobb and Udo Von DuYu, born in Bremen, Germany, made a pledge to spread the gospel of Men loving Men through what they call “crossover comedy-rock cabaret co-mingles gay culture and heavy metal bluster with punch-line songwriting.” Upon hiring their drummer, Helmut Bang, in 1999, Pink Steel managed to harness a Motley Crue-esque “arena rock concert experience” that is sure to leave your head banging and ears ringing. Previous albums include Mouth Full of Magic, Creaming for Vengeance, and the album I’m reviewing now, Out at the Devil.
So, upon starting this album I really think i may have walked into the wrong situation. With an opener like Sausage Party, a situation that I’m sure most guys - if not all southern men - have been in, I really think that being a lesbian may limit me slightly. So hold on as I take my 4th shot of tequila (Messicano Alteno Silver 100% Agave - yuuummy)
Now that that’s done, I actually find myself jamming the shit out. Sausage Party is only the warning shot. This catchy thrash tune would be a great theme song for your 18th birthday All Male Slumber Party!!!! “Yaah, toetully! ” (as I’m sure Udo would say). I’ve made plenty of my straight guy friends uncomfortable by randomly throwing on this track. At first, they think, “ahahaaaaa Sausage Party, that sucks.” Then they realize “Wait no girls?” I love the expression on their faces. Of course I’m sadistic that way. Listening to brutal death metal has it’s uhhhh, perks.
Now, one of Pink Steel’s most popular songs, Converter, is starting to erect its stance. I can relate to this song as a Lesbian. I’ve done my fair share of converting. And I’m not talking about religion here. Musically, this track has a dark undertone with its addictive guitar and bass riffs. This is also one of the few videos Pink Steel has to offer. (video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9UuaFfHagk)
The next track that stands out for me is, of course, Frodonator. With a title like that how can it not be the shit. And, yes, it’s totally a gayed up Lord of the Rings tribute. This song is awesome. The thing I like the most about Out at the Devil is that it’s actually got some great thrashing going on. And, of course, I’m only referring to the thrashing in your ears not your.. ahem.
Frodonator refers to ALL the things we know Samwise had on his mind (minus the gay robot takeover). If this track doesn’t get a chuckle out of you then you’re a total and complete fucking homophobe. If that’s the case Metal has no place for you. Can I get a Judas Priest? How about Roddy Bottum, keyboardist for Faith No More, or Gaahl, former frontman for Gorgoroth. Now, I know it’s pretty rare to have the gayness up in the metal scene AND be associated with a legitimate metal band. But, I really think that Pink Steel is legit. The music is just undeniably good. I can’t say it any better than that this is a great thrashin just-so-happens-to-be-gay album. When you got songs like, Johnny are you Queer, Cockfight and More to Love, you know they are serious. This isn’t about shock value. This is about being gay, out and proud while maintaining your metality (not to be confused with mentalitly).
So in conclusion.......... We Fight for Cock. If you thought Sausage Party was their anthem, boy are you sorely holed- I mean wrong. This is actually a song for the troops, go figure. I think this may be the most thrashin track on the album. It’s got a great energy to it. Not to mention that it totally gets you in the mood....... to fight. If it’s good enough to make you forget about the cock then it’s good enough to rock to. Which I’m sure in Hanson Jobbs would say “Never forget the cock!”
It’s time that an album like this be regarded by our community. We should be the first fuckers to say “hey, yeah, come on over. People hate us too.” Public interests are becoming the minority. It’s no longer a race or sex issue anymore. It’s more of a ‘you against us thing now-a-days’. So are you ready to fight. Are you ready to let Pink Steel into your life. If not you are missing out on some good metal, not to mention, you may be completely out of touch with the current state of humanity.
My final word on this album is that, personally, not only is Pink Steel one of my top 10 thrash bands but the album holds the same regard. Which says something cuz there’s LOTS of thrash bands out there. It’s one of the easiest sounds to accomplish but doing it well takes passion and energy. Which is one thing I think Udo and Hanson understand. Even tho they joke around a lot. I have a feeling they are very passionate about the gay community being represented in the Heavy Metal world.
Be Warned: This is my first album review. Yes, I’m lesbian but I’m not going to just review gay shit. I don’t even listen to thrash that much but I think this album deserves attention. Or else it wouldn’t have been my first review. This is, in part, a personal issue for me so I hope I didn’t offend or deter anyone from future attention. Trust that all my reviews are presented with an open mind and a persuaded ear.