Director: Liam Lynch
Writers: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Liam Lynch
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Ronnie James Dio, Paul F. Tompkins, Troy Gentile, Ned Bellamy, Fred Armisen, Kirk Ward, Amy Poehler, Dave Grohl, Tim Robbins, Ben Stiller
Today marks the release of Tenacious D’s new studio album “Rize of the Fenix”. Considering they’re the greatest band in the world, you’d think there’d be more fanfare about it. Their third studio effort is their best yet. Sure, their subject matter is still limited. They pretty much sing about sex, the devil and their own unheralded greatness. There isn’t even that much about the devil this time around. In fact, they even venture into a couple of other subjects, like space travel and the hard life of the roadie.
It’s their musical prowess that has really expanded, however. They’ve expanded their sound into different genres, like the mariachi piece “Senorita” and the 80’s pop montage music of “To Be the Best”. But it’s their album closer “39” that has impressed me the most so far. Jack Black really evokes the spirit of “Night Moves” era Bob Seger with his deep felt vocal delivery, and Kyle Gass’s guitar work reminds of both Seger and Bruce Springsteen.
But, isn’t this a review of their 2006 movie “The Pick of Destiny”, you ask? Well, a couple tracks off their new album deal with their feature film debut and how it failed so miserably at the box office that the D thought they couldn’t show their faces ever again. The title track and “The Ballad of Hollywood Jack” deal with the band’s movie misfortunes and the fact the Black became a big movie star whilst Gass wallowed in obscurity.
Apparently, the movie did so poorly they don't mind if all their fans post the movie in its entirety all over YouTube.