Tenacious D, the comedy/metal duo comprised of Jack Black and fellow actor Kyle Gass, announced a new album, according to Billboard. The album, titled "Rize of the Fenix," will arrive in May 2012. "Rize of the Fenix" will be the band's third album, and their first in six years. The band has posted a clip from the track online.
The song opens, "When the Pick of Destiny was released, it was a bomb / And all the critics said that the D was done..." referring to the band's 2006 movie, "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny." The film followed the band's successful debut, the self-titled album "Tenacious D," which spawned the hits "Tribute," "Wonderboy" and "F*ck Her Gently." But both the film and the soundtrack "Pick of Destiny," which came out after Black had become a well-known film star, underperformed.
Tenacious D first debuted as an HBO miniseries co-created by "Mr. Show"'s David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. Black also occasionally appeared on "Mr. Show" when he was starting out as an actor.
Black has hinted at the genesis of the album several times since "The Pick of Destiny." He first mentioned a song for the new album called "Deph Starr" to Billboard in 2010, and sang a few bars from a song called "Rise of the Phoenix" on "Late Show with David Letterman" in 20 He confirmed that the album would be called (or at least be a homophone of) "Rise of the Phoenix" on "Attack of the Show" in 2011.
As of early February, the band has set up an official website for the album, which is currently blank except for a link to the Soundcloud clip.