Anyone who still says rock has been dead since the mid-2000s needs to seriously get their ears checked. Over the past decade, we’ve seen some of the greatest rock music the world has ever produced come to fruition. It’s just not the way you expected it to be.
Of course, this is not necessarily the fault of any particular group. Since the era of streaming, the approach to rock music has been very different from what people did a few decades ago. While there are bands who have just sweetened the nostalgia and hope to soundtrack a car commercial, some of the veterans of the genre are still holding their own and releasing some of the best tracks the rock world has seen. in quite a while. time.
The best cases of these, however, are where we see artists stray from what they know how to do to try something completely new. It’s never an easy bet to make, but when you see the results, you’ve actually opened up a whole new world for you to explore. At a time when the world of hip hop is slowly taking over the charts, rock and roll hasn’t worn out its welcome. You just need to know where to look.
My Chemical Romance was almost doomed by the time they started making Danger Days. Ever since their latest album The Black Parade changed their entire sound and made them one of the kings of the rock world, few other bands can measure up to something like this. Even left to their own devices, it’s still one of the best send-ups we could have hoped for from the kings of the emo movement.
Being another concept like The Black Parade, Gerard Way took the story in a different direction on this outing, feeling much closer to something like Mad Max in its presentation. There are many more sonic avenues the guys are exploring on this album, incorporating different dance music elements on Planetary (GO!) and introducing keyboards like Bulletproof Heart.
It doesn’t mean that the aggro version of MCR is missing either, making one of their most caustic rockers like Party Poison and ending things up with one of their most sarcastic songs Vampire Money. And after that, that was all they wanted to say, break up after tour commitments ended and go their separate ways. When you look back at everything, MCR really deserved to come out on its own terms like this.