CD Review: Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D’s album ‘The Pick of Destiny’ will be in record stores Nov. 14, and will serve as the soundtrack to the band’s upcoming motion picture, “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.’Tenacious D’s self-titled debut album was released in 2001, born from the comedic genius of actors Jack Black (School of Rock) and Kyle Gass (Bubble Boy). When I first heard the song ‘Wonder Boy’ in the spring of 2001 the band became an instant favorite of mine.

Black and Gass put on the costumes of 1980s rock gods and give metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who has a guest appearance on the new album, a message.

“Dio has rocked for a long, long time, now it’s time for him to pass the torch. He has songs of wildebeests and angels, he has soared on the wings of a demon.”

Tenacious D’s sound is a blend of 70s classic rock instrumentals and stoner comedy.

“The first decree is to legalize marijuana. The tyranny and the bullshit has gone on too long. You old f****n’ shrives who blocked its legalization, you’re banished from the land,” as an example.

Tenacious D’s upcoming album shows promise considering John King, who has worked with artists Korn, Linkin Park and Beck, is producing it.

The album also features rock legends Meatloaf and Dio along with Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters) on drums.

Black said in an AOL Music interview: “Ronnie (James Dio) throws down vocals. And don’t forget the Loaf. Here’s the amazing thing about the Loaf. He hasn’t sung in a movie since the mother-f****g Rocky Horror Picture Show. Been saving himself for the D. Thirty years later he throws down, and throws down hard, I might add, said Black.

I have to say from a fan’s perspective I was disappointed with ‘Pick of Destiny’ the first single off the new album.

Tenacious D’s decision to launch this song first is nothing more than marketing at its best. They use the lyrics in this song to promote the film.

“If you’re a diva then go to Geneva. And if you’re a crony then suck on my boney. And if you are groovy then get in my movie. It’s called ‘The Pick of Destiny,’ ‘The Pick of Destiny,'” as an example.

If you’ve been living under a rock and never heard Tenacious D, they sound a bit like Styx, the Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin meets Weird Al, Eric Swartz and Liam Lynch.

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