Welcome to the Black Parade

Welcome to the Black Parade

Premiere goth-emo punk band unleashed a rather tribute to their 70’s idol via the release of their third album “Welcome to the Black Parade.” It is a follow to the much-praised “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.” Signature themes of love, death, regret abound through the songs. As they used riffs and similar tones (Alice Cooper “Billion Dollars Babies” in “The End”) as venues to gather a somewhat- Andrew Lloyd Webber-esque take on the whole package, as Pitchfork and Blogcritics Magazine ‘s Mark Salesi put it.

As the RollingStone Magazine puts it, and to quote:

” But this is not the Seventies, and My Chemical Romance are very much a band of their time — post-9/11. The first song Way wrote for the group (with ex-drummer Matt Pelisser) was “Skylines and Turnstiles,” based on his experience that day in New York, watching the Twin Towers fall in front of him. There is a lot of fire and rubble in these songs, too. And there are bodies all over the place — dead in the streets (“Welcome to the Black Parade”); near death in hospital beds (“Dead!” and “Cancer”); or just too numb to give a shit about morality (“House of Wolves”) or forgiveness (“I Don’t Love You”). Starting with a riff that stabs and stutters like an old Buzzcocks lick and packing a bridge that is pure Iron Maiden, “This Is How I Disappear” is an exciting, perverse goodbye, from one lost soul to the object of his suffocating affection. “And without you is how I disappear/And live my life alone/Forever now,” Way sings from the depths of obsession — and, it seems, his grave. The poetry is rickety, but the self-pity is arena-ready.”

They showed respect to their superhero bands with this outing. In fact, in an interview with MTV, they even mentioned that if Three Cheers was their Siamese Dream (by the Smashing Pumpkins), Black Parade would be their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also from the Pumpkins). They also added that three albums influenced them to do this, namely: A night at the Opera by Queen; Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and Nevermind by Nirvana.

So, turn out your tissue paper, get a glass of warm water and howl to the grievances and rage of My Chemical’s song “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Carry on.

When I was,
A young boy,
My father, took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, “Son when you grow up, will you be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?”
He said, “Will you defeat them, your demons, and all the non-believers, the plans that they have made? Because one day, I’ll leave you, a phantom, to lead you in the summer, to join the black parade.”

When I was,
A young boy
My father, took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, “Son when you grow up, will you be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?”

Sometimes I get the feeling, she’s watching over me
And other times I feel like I should go
And through it all, the rise and fall
The bodies in the street
And when you’re gone we want you all to know

We’ll carry on, We’ll carry on
And though you’re dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We’ll carry on
Until my heart I can’t contain it
The anthem won’t explain it

A world that sends you reeling from decimated dreams
You’re misery and hate will kill us all
So paint it black and take it back
Lets shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end we hear the call
To carry on

We’ll carry on,
And though your dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We’ll carry on
And though your broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches on
And on we carry through the fears
Oh oh oh

The disappointed faces of your peers
Oh oh oh
Take a look at me ’cause I could not care at all
Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world will never take my (heart)
Go and try; you’ll never break me
We want it all, we want to play this (part)
I won’t explain, or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed, I’m gonna show my (scar)
Give a cheer, for all the broken
Listen here, because it’s who we are
I’m just a man; I’m not a hero
Just a boy, whose meant to sing this (song)
I’m just a man; I’m not a hero
I
Don’t
Care

We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on
And though you’re dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We’ll carry on
And though your broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches on
Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world will never take my (heart)
Go and try; you’ll never break me
We want it all, we want to play this (part)
I won’t explain, or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed, I’m gonna show my (scar)
Give a cheer, for all the broken
Listen here, because it’s who we are
I’m just a man; I’m not a hero
Just a boy, who had to sing this (song)
I’m just a man; I’m not a hero)
We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on

             

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