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Gerard Way talks new My Chemical Romance album with Spinner

In an article posted earlier today on Spinner[dot]Com, Gerard Way divulges still more of the upcoming MCR album's secrets.

Whereas in other recent interviews, Gerard has described the album as being about survival, in this one, he gives us a new perspective, calling out bands who are in this for the wrong reasons, a war MCR have waged for years:

"That's what I like about us- our ability to terrify people who are doing this for the wrong reasons." -Gerard Way (from June 2005's Rock Sound)

In the article, the track we have previously seen titled "The Light Behind your Eyes" has changed to "Light Before your Eyes."

Of the nine tracks Spinner got to preview, the author writes: "we were left suitably blown away."

Seriously, with every new theme of this album that emerges, I grow more excited and...empowered as an MCR fan. I'm dying to hear more, and I'll keep everyone posted as I do!

XoXo
c.

Join #MCRchat on twitter and Receive a Special MCR store Discount!

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Most of you who follow my blog already know that I run a twitter-based My Chemical Romance chat.

The awesome folks at WBR have given me a special discount code for the My Chemical Romance online store to give to those who participate in the upcoming #MCRchats!

Join the chat this coming week to get your coupon code:

Friday: 7-9 P.M.
Saturday: 12-2 P.M.
(Eastern Standard Time)



For the back-story on #MCRchat, check out this blog entry.

XoXo
c.

Upcoming My Chemical Romance release to be a work of Self-Protest

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During the recording of and through the band’s touring on their previous release The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance found themselves going through a hell-on-earth too closely resembling the sort of purgatory in which the album’s main character, The Patient, finds himself stuck.

They lived in a haunted mansion, wherein a gloom clouded them and lead singer Gerard Way developed sleep problems while bassist Mikey Way started facing demons of his own. Drummer Bob Bryar was severely burned on the set of the “Famous Last Words” video and later contracted gangrene in the wound. Rhythm guitarist Frank Iero started having health problems that sent him home for a while during their touring for Parade. Later, Bryar had to have wrist surgery while guitarist Ray Toro, who had avoided the curse until this year, found his canine companion severely sick.

Could this next album be a reversal of The Black Parade curse?

Members of MCR reveal in a feature article showcasing their upcoming album as the ‘mos…

Classic Live Review: Warped Tour | June 18, 2005 | Germain Amphitheater | Columbus, Ohio

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Part Three of my 'Classic MCR Live Reviews' Series

Originally posted on June 18, 2005


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Today I went to Warped Tour, got there around 9 and was at the main stage by 10, in the front and hugging the barricade for dear life. All of the bands were good (Underoath, The Starting Line, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu...), but I was waiting for the real treat at 5:45 -- My Chemical Romance!

After Strung Out finished their set, I could feel the pressure of the crowd go way up and was even popped out of my place at the barricade (though, I was still holding it). Everyone was gathering for MCR.

Bob came out and started testing the drums. No one seemed to notice that it was him beside a few of us in the front who were yelling to him. I got a few pictures of him then I saw Frankie walking around behind the stage with his strange, new make-up: Red streaming from his eyes like blood and half of his face and lips painted blackish. It was different.

Finally MCR went on, and my arm became permanently s…

New MyChemicalRomance.Com Layout and Functions!

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So, MyChemicalRomance.com makeover part two just blew fans' minds to hell.

The new MCR.com layout is arguably more navigable than the older version of the site and features new aesthetic features as well as new functioning features.



Some new attributes of the site include:

-A new photo section featuring pictures of the band in the studio on which fans can comment.

-Messaging between fans

-Larger avatars

-A member search feature

-New user information available (join date)

-Separate pages for users' profiles, blogs and friends

-Fan photo uploading on merch pages of the MCR online store

-A new background image featuring repeating "CHEMICAL ROMANCE" ("MY" actually isn't shown) in grainy, gray block letters against a black background.

-Red paint streak borders surrounding important titles and links
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Yesterday, fans were whipped into a suspicion frenzy that something like this would happen when a blog post appeared announcing that the site would be down for maintenanc…

My Chemical Romance January 2010 'Alternative Press' cover Revealed

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Alternative Press just revealed the cover of their January issue, which will feature their 'Most Anticipated Albums of 2010' list and My Chemical Romance as the cover-featured artist!

According to AP, there will be 5 different collectible covers for this issue on newsstands while the full band cover is for subscribers.



My predictions were correct!


Who, other than MCR, do you hope to see on AP's 'most anticipated albums' list for the coming year?



Pre-order any of the collectible issues here!

XoXo
c.

::EDIT::

For details from this issue's My Chemical Romance article, go here.

My Chemical Romance to appear on the cover Alternative Press's Upcoming 'Most Anticipated Albums of 2010' issue!

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Today, Alternative Pressposted, hinting at who would be their cover artist for their annual 'Most Anticipated' issue.

The hints AP posted were quotes from Anthony Green and Matt Skiba about the mystery cover artist.

Being a hardcore Alkaline Trio and Matt Skiba fan, I would recognize this quote from him about MCR anywhere:

I remember seeing them at Warped Tour. They were playing a small side stage to small crowds, while we were playing to big crowds on the main stage. I told their singer that they were going to be humongous in a year. We made an agreement that if I was wrong, we would bring them out to support us on our next tour, and that if I was right, we would open for them. A year later, they had a platinum record and they took us out to support them on a sold-out arena tour.

Mikey Way also twittered about it, making it more blatantly obvious.

Keep your eyes open for AP 258!

XoXo
c.

::EDIT::

Udate: View the cover of and pre-order the magazine!

Alkaline Trio to Release album on Epitaph in February

In an article posted today on Spinner.Com, Alkaline Trio guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Skiba divulged details of the band's upcoming album to be released jointly on Epitaph and the band's own Heart & Skull label in February.

Skiba expressed excitement for the fans to hear the album and says that it will more resemble their earlier, more punk-fueled work than their previous few releases. Skiba said the 11-track album was written in a similar manner to their first album, Goddammit, the simple approach resulting in what Skiba described as "a record that we could easily play live."

Fans of the signature dark emotion of Alkaline Trio will not be disappointed; as, Skiba mentioned that the some of the songwriting on their upcoming release centered around very personal and tragic events in the band members' lives.

Song titles mentioned in the article were "Dorothy" and "The American Scream".

In addition to those songs, one can assume that the album …

Classic Live Review | Green Day w/ My Chemical Romance | May 5, 2005 | Columbus, Ohio

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Second of my fourteen-part "Classic MCR Reviews" blog series.

Written the day after the show. May 6th, 2005.

As I warned last time, I was fifteen when I wrote this and edited only minor mistakes; so, there are probably many errors and things that are liable to make you raise an eyebrow.


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Last night, I saw Green Day and MCR in concert!

Very few people were there when I got to the venue and in line. My friend and I got in quick, found our seats and sat down to wait for the show to start. As we were sitting there, we realized that -- from our seats (which were AWESOME) -- we could see backstage.

Suddenly, Mikey Way went walking by beside the steps to the stage, and I'm, like, freaking out, wishing I could jump from my seat and run over to excitedly meet him (which would result in startling Mikey into having an asthma attack and Gerard's running up with his inhaler to save his life {yea, I've thought this one out}), but I resisted temptation. As I looked around, I saw …

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz to make 'Big Announcement' & Premiere new Single

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Pete Wentz is set to call in to premiere Fall Out Boy's new single, "From Now On We're Enemies," on FriendsOrEnemies.Com-powered online station Rock-It Radio tomorrow at 4 P.M. EST.

According to Rock-It Radio reps, "[Wentz] also has a big announcement you won't want to miss!"

With the band's being on "break", I'm sure FOB fans will be ecstatic to hear from their favorite bassist. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 4 P.M..

Fall Out Boy's "greatest hits" album Believers Never Die is set for worldwide release tomorrow (Nov 17).

XoXo
c.

Official Band Twitter Account for My Chemical Romance

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As I was snooping about today, I came across a twitter account for @MCRofficial that was being followed by one of the MyChemicalRomance.Com moderators who works for WBR.

At the time I found it, there were three posts that started from November 10 and only three followers including myself. I have a feeling this is official and will be announced soon.

If not, I'm just over-excited and blabbing, but it seems legitimate.

Finally a full band twitter account!

XoXo
c.

::EDIT::
Confirmed on Nov 13!

My Chemical Romance to play special Australian club show with The Get Up Kids

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Jeff Watson has just posted a new blog entry at MyChemicalRomance.Com announcing a Soundwave Festival side-show that MCR is set to play with The Get Up Kids.

The club show, which is set to take place on February 24th at The Big Top Auditorium in Luna Park in Sydney, Australia, comes in the middle of MCR's five-date run on Australia's Soundwave Festival.

Many Australian fans told me, when the band announced that they were going to play Soundwave, that there are often side stops on the festival tour.

This is the first MCR side stop announced, and - according to the Big Top event page- their only:

"On the back of their Soundwave 2010 appearances My Chemical Romance will be performing one club show only in Australia."

Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 20.

XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance in Kerrang! and Rock Sound today!

Today's issue of Kerrang! Magazine featured an article about My Chemical Romance. MCR.Com user _Apple posted scans of the two-page spread on her blog.

In the article, Gerard Way explains the new breed of angst in and meticulous process of this album, which he says is NOT a concept album as would almost be expected from MCR at this point. With this band, however, one has to learn to expect the unexpected.

Gerard Way says of the upcoming "dirty rock 'n roll" album: "Oh, it's filthy. That's what I love about it!"

If there is any semblance of a concept on this album, it will probably have to do with MCR's "being the best My Chemical Romance [they] can be" and falling into a more definitive place in music.

The band members seem to have remarkable confidence in this album, and I have remarkable confidence in them.

"And now, [Gerard] continues, "there's angst, but it's different. I think we're rebelling now as a rock band. W…

Classic Live Review: Taste of Chaos | March 6, 2005 | Hara Arena | Dayton, Ohio

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The first of my fourteen-part "Classic MCR Reviews" blog series.

Originally posted on March 11, 2005 on GreatestJournal.Com

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this when I was 15 and have edited very little... Just saying.


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We go back to Monday night around 1:30 A.M.. I am sitting in my room with an insane grin on my face discovering new bumps and bruises everywhere on my body

"God, I wasn't even on the floor. How the hell did I get all these?"

My mind springs back, recalling almost passing out from exhausting myself during "Thank you For the Venom."

"Oh, that's how." My grin broadens. Ah, beautiful...

So, I woke up the day of the show and was completely and utterly excited, knowing that later on I would be seeing my beautiful chemical romance. I bathed and picked out the more comfortable of my MCR shirts and threw on my pants, only to discover that my mom wasn't going to drive me to Hara Arena (in Dayton where Taste of Chaos was) until later. I was …

Upcoming Blog Series: Classic MCR Reviews

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I haven't known them very long, they didn't save my life, and I haven't been to a concert... I'm not a very good fan

Being an active member of the My Chemical Romance online fan community and running my own MCR chat, I see this a lot.

It honestly breaks my heart.

The members of My Chemical Romance, from the beginning, have been creating a supportive community of people who can relate to one another through music when it is hard to relate to anyone else. MCR's music speaks to people and brings people together. A My Chemical Romance fan is just that- a fan with a love for the band's music. Or, at least, that's how it should be.

Unfortunately, there is a degree of unspoken elitism that some exude over other fans, contrary to the band's mission to give us a community where we are equals.

I'm noticing it now more than ever: newer fans are feeling inferior because they haven't known about My Chemical Romance for as long as some other fans or because they…

My Chemical Romance Clue Fans in on Material for Upcoming Album. Announce Tentative Titles and Mixing Completion of Nine Tracks!

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My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro posted a new blog entry announcing with whom MCR are mixing their upcoming album and gave insight to a few of the nine completed tracks.

Toro writes that Rich Costey, who mixed MCR's 2006 Life on the Murder Scene, is working as mixer for their upcoming album. He also notes that the mixing style and ultimate goal they and Costey have followed for this album "is to make it loud, and then make it louder then that."

Some song titles Toro mentioned in the post are:

Still Alive
"very drum and bass oriented"


Save Yourself
"mix of Judas Priest metal and 80's arena rock"


The Only Hope for Me is You
Has string arrangements from David Campbell


Trans Am
"an epic take on 'Born To Run' in 4 minutes"


Death Before Disco
Played at The Roxy shows


Kiss the Ring
Played at the Roxy. Also known by fans as "Kiss the Rain" or "LA Heavy"

Black Dragon Fighting Society
"ode to Misfits punk"


As you will n…

The results are in...

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Thank you to everyone who voted in my recent poll!

Most of you expressed interest in seeing my old My Chemical Romance show reviews. What this means is that I will start posting them in a weekly "Classics" feature.

Keep your eyes open for the first one, my review of the 2005 Taste of Chaos show in Dayton, OH: my very first MCR show, next week!

XoXo
c.

Album Review: Say Anything - 'Say Anything'

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Say Anything
Say Anything
RCA
November 3, 2009












Tracklisting:

1. Fed to Death
2. Hate Everyone
3. Do Better
4. Less Cute
5. Eloise
6. Mara and Me
7. Crush'd
8. She Wont Follow You
9. Cemetery
10. Property
11. Death for my Birthday
12. Young Dumb and Stung
13. Ahh…men


Read my full review here!

XoXo
c.