The Metal

Album: The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Jack Black of Tenacious D is an accomplished actor. He puts his acting chops to work on this song, where he gives a dramatic reading of all the musical genres that have tried to destroy heavy metal music, and have failed. Along the lines of Beavis And Butthead, or Black's character in the movie School Of Rock, Tenacious D often takes the role of the metal-obsessed teenagers we all knew in high school, which is ripe for parody - just ask anyone who's seen Spinal Tap.
  • There is an important visual element to this song: a guy dressed like a robot who represents "The Metal" during Tenacious D's performances of this song. Near the end of the song, there is some choreography with Jack Black and the robot.
  • This was used in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
  • In 2006, Tenacious D performed this when they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Detroit, MI, for above 2
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments: 4

  • John from Tomball, TxPeter, this song is not cheesy, its awesome. and a lot more ppl than u think knew about it before guitar hero. including me and most everyone i know. and some ppl i dont know.
  • Homer from Springfield, KyI personally don't like metal. More hard rock. But this is a good song.
  • James from Indianapolis, InGreat song and the lyrics are even greater. =) haha no one can Destroy Metal Music!
  • Peter from Penistown, IlThis song's a little cheesy, although I love Tenacious D. I mean, everyone knows it just cause Guitar Hero. Some good Tenacious songs: Tribute, Wonderboy, Lee, Master Exploder, Classico
see more comments

John ParrSongwriter Interviews

John tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

Boz ScaggsSongwriter Interviews

The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.