Tenacious D’s third album, Rize of the Fenix, officially hit shelves this week, though the album has been available for streaming recently. After the disappointing “Pick of Destiny” in 2006, many had pronounced The D as D.O.A.
Alas, what fools we were. ‘Twas written in the ancient stone that a band would rize, and rize it has, just like the Fenix. The D is back.
Before we dive into the track-by-track review, let’s start with the album cover, which is essentially a penis-shaped bird with wings. It just wouldn’t be Tenacious D without a copious amount of references to male genitalia. I guess the Fenix rises in more ways than one when listening to this album.
Rize of the Fenix:
The D starts the album by letting us all know that they, too, thought “Pick of Destiny” was a “stinky pile of chee.” But, as they say, “one thing no one thought about was the D would rise again.” And they’re right.