“The Metal” is a song by Tenacious D from their 2006 album The Pick of Destiny. The album was a soundtrack for the film. The song is played during the end credits of the film and is the final track on the album. It is the soundtrack for their film of the same name. The album was released on November 14, 2006, through Epic Records, and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200.
In the absence of original comedy skits, there are excerpts of dialogue from the soundtrack’s accompanying film between numerous songs. Portions of The Pick of Destiny were recorded at Dave Grohl’s studio. A clean version of the album was recorded.
The album was released in three separate edits: a “dirty edit” comprising the full film versions, a “clean edit” with re-recorded vocals replacing foul language with non-sense words, and a limited edition. All three versions contain clips from the movie, but some dialogue was re-recorded for the clean version. The special limited edition was released in a cardboard “old book case”, which includes a digipack version of the album, a foldout poster depicting the D and Sasquatch, eight tarot cards from the film (Tenacious D, The Training, Destiny, Masterpiece, The Quest, The Divide, and Two Kings, as well as a card explaining the other cards), and a plastic replica of the Pick of Destiny. If the set was pre-ordered from the Tenacious D website, it also included a T-shirt.
The Pick of Destiny is the band’s first studio release in five years, following up their 2001 self-titled debut Tenacious D. The album was produced by the Dust Brothers’ John King, and includes appearances by Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio, and Dave Grohl. Another album, More Rocktastic Music from the Film, contains the score music that the soundtrack excludes.
Tenacious D plays “The Metal” regularly at concerts, in 2006–2007, on the Pick of Destiny tour, the song was accompanied by JR Reed (as “Lee”) in a dancing armored costume. Whilst on tour, the costume appeared on Saturday Night Live and at the Spike Video Game Awards. Reed would reoccur his role at festivals and benefit concerts between 2008-10 until Mike Bray took over the role for the August 2013 European tour and at the 2013 edition of Festival Supreme. The costume was auctioned off to help fund victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks in December 2015.
The song appeared in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a 6th tier song out of 8. It also appeared as a DLC for the video game, Rock Band. The song was part of the song playlist in the game, Brütal Legend.