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Single Review: Tenacious D – Rize Of The Fenix

Josh Tolley

Loud, exciting, interesting and hilarious – these are a few words used to describe Tenacious D’s sound and the first single from their third studio release doesn’t fail to live up to these expectations.

Tenacious D are a comedy-rock duo from Los Angeles in California and have been together since they formed in the mid 90s. Since then, they have released albums that have been critically and commercially acclaimed. A movie was even made for their second studio album ‘The Pick of Destiny’. The band are noted for their use of clever lyrics in their songs and strong vocals and guitar-playing from Jack Black and Kyle Gass.

Their new single ‘Rize of the Fenix’ which takes its name from their upcoming album of the same name has all of those facets mentioned above; smart lyrics which refer back to the bands previous album ‘The Pick of Destiny’ and how fans were thinking they would not release anything again. Lyrics like “But what if it’s true. If Tenacious D has died what will we do?” and “And what will we do. About all the fans that have the D tattoo?” show how tuned into their fan base they are. The song also has strong guitar playing from Jack Black and Kyle Gass with John Konesky playing the electric guitar and Dave Grohl playing the drums (Grohl is also a good friend of the band, having starred Black and Gass in some of his band’s music videos.

‘The Rize of the Fenix’ has an acoustic rock and hard rock feel to it with a calm acoustic guitar riff before starting to build with harmonies from Black and Gass and louder instruments such as the guitar and drums.

I’m going to give Tenacious D’s new single ‘Rize of the Fenix’ a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. It has been much awaited and has definitely been worth it. This single gives me high hopes for Tenacious D with the release of their new album in May and if it is anything similar to this, I’ll be picking it up on its release date for sure. I recommend this single to anyone with good music taste and a sense of humour. So, what are you waiting for!? Stop reading this and go out and listen to it NOW. By the way, the only reason it lost out on 5 out of 5 is simply because, although the wait was worth it in the end, I don’t like waiting.

 

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