Six years after they dropped their second album "The Pick of Destiny", Tenacious D are back with "Rize of the Fenix". The duo comprising of Jack Black and Kyle Gass released the effort in May and bowed at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 200.
A follow-up to 2006's gold sophomore set and 2001's platinum debut album "Tenacious D", the new effort became their highest chart entry. The group peaked at No. 33 with their self-titled album and climbed up to No. 8 with their second CD.
The album was produced by John Kimbrough, and was recorded in the garage behind his L.A. Home. "We recorded down and dirty in a friend's garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana's first album 'Bleach' or The Beatles first album 'Help!'," they said.
Proudly calling it "rough and yet a masterpiece," the band described the album making as a "journey similar to that of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings." Jack gushed, "There we no more bouncers waving us through the velvet ropes, we were persona non gratta."
Kyle added, "There we were- just like Gandalf the grey, down in the muck- but we never gave up, We defeated our own personal demons and began chipping away, slowly climbing back to the land of the living-when we emerged we were no longer the old Tenacious D, we were Gandalf the white, with new powers and wisdom and bravery and skills."
Way before Jack Black became famous as an actor, he was a musician. He met Kyle Gass in 1989 as they joined a theater troupe called The Actor's Gang in Los Angeles. Black was the main musician for the group and he found something in common with Gass that prompted him to form a band with him. They exchanged skills, Gass teaching Black guitar and Black teaching Gass acting. » more