Its quite baffling that we somehow have not reviewed one of the most iconic My Chemical Romance albums. This album was released as a rock opera, about a character who was dying from cancer that is known as "The Paitent." It tells the concept of his death, afterlife and reflections upon his life.
This is The Black Parade.
This was the band's third studio album, and was released through Reprise Records on October 23, 2006. The album hit number one on the US Rock Charts, as well as in New Zealand. It also peaked the top ten in Japan, Swedish, Ireland, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and more. Its gone double platinum in the UK, and has platinum certifications in the US, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
So clearly, its been a massive success and is entirely creative. The first single, "Welcome To The Black Parade" was released on September 12, 2006 and is definitely an iconic song for a certain community of people. Its a reflection of his life, and looking back at memories he had as a kid with his father, and how you carry on with life, even when you aren't certain on how. Its a beautiful song really, but frankly, my favorite on the album was actually another single.
"Famous Last Words" was the album's second single, and its incredibly powerful and catchy, Just the chorus alone, I think is very inspiring and may give some people the courage to keep going, and do their own thing. "I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone. Honey if you stay, I'll be forgiven. Nothing you can say can stop me going home." Sometimes, you just have to know when to fold, and when to stand on your own, and this song is the perfect thing to inspire you to take a stand.
This album is an icon among the 'emo' community and MCR did a lot of great things. Here is where I would normally plug upcoming tours but they haven't had anything in three years -and people need to let it go! Individually they are all doing their own things so be sure to look into that! You can see Gerard Way and Frank Iero And The Celebration on tour on their own. Further information can be found on their official websites, and please stay tuned for more content. I recently realized I somehow had only previously reviewed one MCR album, so the other two will be completed soon!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.