The name Tenacious D has become one of legend in the music industry. The brain child of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, it’s a mix of incredible one liners, surrounded by powerful rock music. ‘Rize of the Fenix’ is the 3rd album from the D, and comes through after four years of writing and recording, and an impressive 6 years since their last album. After the incredible ‘Pick of Destiny’ there is certainly a lot of hype surrounding Rize of the Fenix, and I’ll get this out there already, it does not disappoint. Rize of the Fenix is everything you expect from the incredible mind of Jack Black.
The album explodes into life from the first tune. The title track, ‘Rize of the Fenix’, is both an incredible rock ballad and an announcement to all those that believed that the D would not be back again. With listening to Rize, you probably would have thought that the album couldn’t keep on the same high heights that the first song brings with it. You would be wrong good sir, or madame. Like I’ve said before, the whole album is everything you would expect from the D. It’s never going to be music mastery; it’s simply going to be an incredible feel good album.
It carries on to probably one of the best tunes on the album, ‘Low Hanging Fruit’. It’s a non-stop ride of riffs and soft vocals from Jack. This album isn’t all about the music though, and with it you are blessed to hear a couple of skits in between. The two skits are ‘Flutes and Trombones’, and ‘Classic Teacher’. I won’t ruin the first impressions for anyone who wants to listen to them, as the novelty comes with the first listen. After the first time though, you will find yourself skipping past them to get to more impressive music. ‘Classic Teacher’ does transition nicely into the next track on the album, ‘Senorita’, which brings to the table a more Spanish guitar sound. The classic guitar you hear in the heat of the Spanish sun.
‘Ballad of Hollywood Jack and The Rage Kage’ is a song which seems to relate back to the video released a couple of months ago. The video in question is the trailer that Jack and Kyle put together in support of their upcoming album. A touching story, about love, loss and redemption, it creates a sombre tone to the album. It is one of those songs that you can see crowds of people raising lighters in response to it. It could well become a brand new fan favourite tune.
The rest of the tracks on the album are classic D. ‘Deth Starr’ is quite clearly a point towards the classic film series, Star Wars, but not enough to have to fork over those precious royalties to Mr Lucas. ‘Throwdown’, also seems to be getting a few fans on the internet, creating a number of comedic fight scenes into the mix. Coming up to the end of the album comes a mix of three rather short tracks. ‘Rock is Dead’ sounds more like a jam than a proper track, and that’s where its charm comes from. A fast paced heart attack of a song, it brings everything back to the highest tempo possible.
If you’re a fan of the last two Tenacious D albums, then you won’t be the slightest bit disappointed with the new album. It’s everything you should expect from these two masters of comedic music by now. To anyone who hasn’t listened to them before then I feel sorry for you that you haven’t had the experience before, and honestly? Where have you been? Grab the album, love it, then check out a live show for the full D experience.