My Chemical Romance: 'Danger Days' Preview

My Chemical Romance have been lambasted from all but their own quarter over the years.

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My Chemical Romance have been lambasted from all but their own quarter over the years. Decried as emo and unoriginal, seldom portrayed as anything but the ultimate teenage girl group, My Chemical Romance have never had it easy. When it is announced that My Chemical Romance is releasing a new album, Ultimate-Guitar often reacts with waves of indignation, even fury. In the event, we can expect a new album on the 22nd of November, 2010.

Fittingly, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys is being released on Reprise Records, the label founded by Frank Sinatra so that he could record music to his experimental liking. My Chemical Romance has broken their mould with this album, and it might not be the band's enemies who reject this album but their long term fans.

It all started when My Chemical Romance refused the opportunity to record a song for the second instalment in the Twilight saga (I regret referring to the films as a saga). That act of defiance perhaps resulted in My Chemical Romance's new album direction. Gone is the morbid artwork. Gone is the overwhelmingly whiny vocal delivery. Gone are the reasons you should hate the band. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is, on a personal level, an innovative album, which transcends boundaries that My Chemical Romance had set for themselves long ago. Instead, My Chemical Romance has delivered a strong album, redolent of Iggy And The Stooges, with a real rock n' roll attitude about it.

The three songs taken from the new album currently available on the band's MySpace page are, Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back, Sing, and Na Na Na. Each song has an overwhelmingly positive vibe to it, liberally doused in Iggy and the Stooges overtones. Save yourself, in particular is a wonderfully crafted track, and My Chemical Romance should be credited for doing what Green Day failed to do when they released an album's worth of interesting material under the Foxboro Hot Tubs moniker. My Chemical Romance has gone for the jugular without feeling the need to rely upon their safety zone. By the sound of things, the song writing is there, and so is the inspiration.

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys Previewa concept albumis largely based upon Gerard Way's Eisner Award-winning comic book, The Umbrella Academy. His passion for comic books looks to be translated into a musical language with the release of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which is tentatively set for release on the 22nd of November, 2010.

Track Listing:

01. Look Alive, Sunshine 02. Na Na Na 03. Sing 04. Planetary (Go!) 05. The Only Hope For Me Is You 06. Jet-Star And The Kobra Kid/Traffic Report 07. Party Poison 08. Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back 09. The Scarecrow Blues 10. Anytime You Want 11. Destroyah 12. The Kids From Yesterday 13. Goodnite Dr Death 14. Vampire Money

The album was produced by Rob Cavallo.

By Sam Agini

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    gdrocks2230
    everyone notice how there is one comment that was deleted? that was mine. i was bashing the writers for UG for posting garbage like this article. i completely agree with every single thing said here (in the comments section... NOT the article).
    nycbobo
    ^ if you noticed, he bolded the comma after "Save Yourself", no need to get so grammatically analytical here.
    superstud_zat
    "The three songs taken from the new album currently available on the bands MySpace page are, Save Yourself , Ill Hold Them Back , Sing , and Na Na Na ." nuff said
    ColdHeartedHero
    This was.... horrible? Every albums been different, They've done nothing the same. They've changed again and are going in a new direction. This seems to be more rock and roll. and why would Green Day release their foxboro stuff under Green Day? It's a completely different sound? Anyways They're doing what they do best. Giving us good music.
    slaveskinJACKET
    I don't understand what Green Day/Foxboro Hot Tubs could have done and didn't that My Chemical Romance did. What are you comparing, and what are you basing it on? Also, those songs do sound different than previous release from My Chemical Romance, but Iggy Pop & the Stooges? If you just want to grab a random artist out of the air to compare them to, I say, it reminds me of Olivia Newton-John. In her prime -- none of that "Let's Get Physical" bullshit. But if you really do have to compare it to somebody, that song Sing sounds like generic industrial/pop/alternative rock -- kind of makes me think Maroon 5 meets Linkin Park.
    fassw8614
    Funny how everyone is bashing the guy who wrote the article, and not the band (like was suggested in the article). Sam Agini, you have failed.
    Tigershark2112
    wow most inaccurate, biased article of all time. Congrats, Sam. You've made a lot of people think nothing but the worst of you today. Don't quit your day job.
    Macabre Lullaby
    Gone are the reasons you should hate the band.
    Um...what if you didn't hate them? Some people loved the vocals, some people loved the artwork. It's a pretty subjective thing. Anyway, they're still the same band, and a lot of fans are loving the new stuff. They've never done the same thing two albums in a row, and this is just their next step. Also, as stated, the track listing is wrong, and the album's not based on The Umbrella Academy. At all. It does to play to Gerard's comic book sensibilities, but that's about it. All this really says is "The band was shit, but now they're kinda cool." Not really much of a preview.
    Gerard Way Jr
    conor-figgy wrote: That article was way too opinionated for an ''upcoming releases'' category.....and why the snide comment on Green Day? You also can't talk for all of UG. Prick...
    Hear, hear!
    conor-figgy
    That article was way too opinionated for an ''upcoming releases'' category.....and why the snide comment on Green Day? You also can't talk for all of UG. Prick...
    Gerard Way Jr
    You'll have to pardon me for my repeating phrases and whatnot; I'm genuinely appalled that this site has become what is has.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Disappointingly biased. Standard stereotypes and whatnot, and to think I'd expected any different from a site I myself contribute to regularly! Not to mention poor reporting; this album is, in no way, based on The Umbrella Academy. Have you read the comic? I have. There are no similarities whatsoever. Not to mention, this tracklisting is far outdated and completely inaccurate. The full tracklisting is available as easily as through a Wikipedia search. Where did you copy-paste this from? NME? I expected better from UG than this headline fodder. Evidently, I was quite mistaken.
    Eifler121
    They've always been what this article describes them as. I never found them whiny, and I liked the artwork.
    lemmon182
    superstud_zat wrote: "The three songs taken from the new album currently available on the bands MySpace page are, Save Yourself, Ill Hold Them Back, Sing, and Na Na Na." nuff said
    You could've just looked at the tracklisting to realise you messed that one up.. read the article 'tard