My Chemical Romance - “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     In 2001, a New Jersey band called My Chemical Romance was formed, featuring Frank Lero (guitar), Ray Toro (guitar), Bob Bryar (drums) and brothers Gerard (vocals) and Mikey Way (bass). They released their debut album “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” in 2002, which brought them instant respect and led to two years of touring Europe and North America with The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Story of The Year and others.

Now, they have released “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge,” featuring 13 songs written by the band. In their genre, this album is nothing short of brilliant. The music is a mix of pop-punk, thrash, gothic and screamo, with dark and stylish vocals.

The album begins by jumping into “Helena,” a preview of what is to come. “You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison” is simply stunning. Piano-like guitar riffs, use of overdrive, the bursts of the chorus, and Gerard’s “drama queen” tone and anguished lyrics make this one of the best songs. It also features a neat guitar solo and guest vocals from Bert McCracken of The Used.

“I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” is a catchy pop-punk tune that can appeal to the many MTV-and-Fuse-watching teens. The rest of the songs make use of organ and Western tones, along with power chords and effect pedals. “I Never Told You What I Do For a Living” is a good closer that keeps the overdramatic feeling until the very last note.

Overall, “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” is an impressive album. MCR, who played in the 2004 Vans Warped Tour, will gain many fans with their fresh sound. The album is well worth the price.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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penquins said...
today at 12:39 pm
rippppppppp
 
ITWW412 said...
Feb. 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm
Um, it's IERO
 
mcrXisXmyXlife said...
Jul. 2, 2009 at 1:03 am
Isn't it Frank Iero?
 
Lifetime replied...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm
yes, why yes it is.
 
MaximumRideGirl'12 said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 2:35 am
MCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCRMCR!!!!They are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!
 
Vexa_Rave said...
Mar. 14, 2009 at 1:17 pm
i LOVE MCR!!! great review, too! the only other review i saw was one putting them down and saying the lyrics were shallow, which got on my nerves because anyone who's really listened to the album would know that they are FAR from shallow. XD i can't wait for their new album, either!! ^_^
 
MyWrittenProposal said...
Jan. 18, 2009 at 2:22 am
Best band ever, without a doubt, and I agree with the previous comment; MCR does save lives.
Awesome review.
 
MCR_obsessor said...
Nov. 2, 2008 at 9:48 pm
I luff MCR! They are the best band ever! They really do save lives. They just came out with a CD/DVD called The Black Parade Is Dead, and there's another coming in 2009.
 
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