Rize of the Fenix

Tenacious D - Rize of the Fenix
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2012 Ratings: #900 / 1047
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
May 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Comedy / Genres
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Kage and Jables return mightily with The Rize of the Fenix, an album which—at its finest—mirrors the transcendence of their early days.

A.V. Club

No joke: Rize Of The Fenix is one of the year’s most enjoyable hard-rock records. 

No Ripcord

All in all, it delivers the chuckles and a few guffaws, even if they are hitting up against the law of diminishing returns.

Consequence of Sound

Rize of the Fenix proves that Tenacious D still reign supreme. But maybe only burrito or chicken supreme and not quite Cutlass Supreme this time out.


Tenacious D’s album number three fails to capture the comic energy of the band’s prior musical output and pales in comparison to other, much funnier rock music moments by the band’s contemporaries.

While it might not be as funny as previous records, it's songs are better constructed and much catchier then ever before. The skits have been refined, and the bands musical talents are honed to make most of these songs genuinely quite great. It's a strange record to say the very lest, but it's great in all of it's oddness.

Favorite Jams: Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage, Throw Down, Rize of the Fenix

Lest Favorite: They Fucked Our Asses
fails to capture the charm and comedy of the band as well as their debut. however there is a large handful of super fun tracks on this record :)
I'm not a big fan of the closer but I genuinely really like every other song. Also way fewer skits than their first which is a plus for me. Jack Black's vocal range makes me feel insecure.
Low Hangin Fruit, The Roadie, Rock is Dead, & 39 are Prime Tenac, as good as ever.
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Track List

  1. Rize of the Fenix 
  2. Low Hangin’ Fruit 
  3. Classical Teacher 
  4. Señorita 
  5. Deth Starr 
  6. Roadie 
  7. Flutes and Trombones 
  8. Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage 
  9. Throwdown 
  10. Rock Is Dead 
  11. They Fucked Our Asses 
  12. To Be The Best 
  13. 39
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Added on: February 29, 2012