A Look Back at My Chemical Romance

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By Leighton Gambles
Music Journalist

When someone thinks of iconic bands or artists, the Beatles, Journey, or Elvis Presley may be some of the first to come to mind. However, a band that has defined a whole generation that may slip the minds of some is My Chemical Romance.

The music from My Chemical Romance is music that, for many, has built a solid bond within our hearts. The thrashy music and heartfelt lyrics reach out to a wide variety of people: from people who are going through a tough time in life to people who just like music that makes them dance. Their four studio albums each have an entirely different feel, mood, and even story than the last. The experience that the band gains through their journey also results in an increase in the quality of the music and the recordings that they put out.

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

The debut album for the young band from New Jersey is a career starter that is hard to forget. The sound that they go for is more hardcore punk and creates a continual drive from start to finish. The first song in the album, “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us,” starts the standard of the album and sets the bar high for the rest of the songs. By the time the first track ends, you begin to wonder if the rest of them will live up to the hype. Spoiler alert: they do. The level of headbang potential in not only this song, but multiple songs within this set of 10, is high.

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Following the first album, fans of the new and upcoming band probably had a mix of excitement and nervousness in the wait for their next album. However, after the release of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, it became immediately clear that this band had way more up their sleeves. The overall sound of this new set is fairly similar to that of their first, but is a much cleaner product. And along with a cleaner sound comes an even more iconic and memorable songs. Some of the most iconic tracks of this album include “Helena (So Long & Goodnight),” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” and “The Ghost of You.” The entire sound of the album is something that is a good mix of dirty, clean, and oh so satisfying.

The Black Parade

This is the album that most people think about when they hear the name My Chemical Romance. When it comes to absolutely iconic albums in the discography for My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade undoubtedly takes the cake. The polish treatment that their second album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, received continued into this one. The Black Parade is a rock opera and tells the story of a character who is known as “The Patient.” It reflects into his life and tells of his death and afterlife. When someone tells you that this album is the magnum opus of this band, they’re not exaggerating. The grand style of this album is carried throughout many of the tracks and there is hardly ever a dull moment.

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

“Killjoys, make some noise!” These are some of the words you hear in the opening of the first song in the album, “Na Na Na,” which is a track that succeeds in setting the tone for the rest of Danger Days. It’s a tone that says, “Hey, we’re My Chemical Romance, and we’re here to party!” This becomes increasingly obvious with tracks such as “Planetary [GO!]” and “Party Poison.” Both of these songs have high, explosive bursts of energy. While listening to either of them, it’s easy to picture MCR performing the songs live while the audience goes absolutely nuts. A good majority of this album is the kind of music that anyone would feel comfortable dancing to.

It’s clear to see that My Chemical Romance genuinely had as much fun while recording their last ever studio album as they did their first. Even if the band never gets back together, we at least have an entirety of four absolutely terrific albums to listen to over and over again.

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