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By Sebastian Garcia
“Have you heard the news that you’re dead? No one ever had much nice to say, I think they never liked you anyway.”
Those familiar with rock band My Chemical Romance, probably recognize those lyrics from their 2006 concept album, “The Black Parade.”
Dealing heavily with the theme of death, MCR unknowingly wrote the band’s epitaph. Fast-forward seven years after “The Black Parade,” which critics called “this generations ‘Sgt. Peppers’ ” and MCR is no more.
From August 2012 to February 2013, MCR released their 10-track EP, “Conventional Weapons” two songs at a time. On March 22, 2013, MCR lead singer Gerard Way announced the break-up of the band.
“Conventional Weapons” being MCR’s last great hurrah, leaves no room for disappointment. Dealing with a wide array of subject matter — from the government to love songs — “Conventional Weapons” offers music for almost any occasion while retaining the emo-rock appeal that made MCR famous, such as in the song “Gun.”
“Well if I’m old enough to die for your mistakes, then let’s go. Can we bleed enough to fill up what the engine takes?” The music arrangement of “Conventional Weapons” compliments Way’s vocals with pounding drums and guitar solos in all the right places, reminiscent of the compositional cohesiveness of Led Zeppelin.
With “Conventional Weapons” being MCR’s last effort as a group, it is sort of disappointing that the band didn’t go all-out. It seems that even with the exceptional lyrical content, the group was holding back. It didn’t leave everything on the table for it’s audience in terms of the type of solos it could have done.
While “Conventional Weapons” is not as dynamic as “The Black Parade,” the EP still deserves to be ranked as one of MCR’s best.
On the band’s break-up, Way said,“ Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing … And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.
Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.” (mychemicalromance.com)
This EP contains
explicit lyrics that may not be suited for all listeners. All things considered, “Conventional Weapons” is a very good final effort for the band that will always be remembered as the flag bearers of emo rock that took the genre mainstream.