September 17, 2012


My Chemical Romance to Release 10 Songs From Scrapped Album

Don Arnold
Don Arnold

As pleased as most fans and critics were with My Chemical Romance's 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, it left people wondering what had happened with the nearly-completed album they'd trashed after deciding it wasn't "explosive" enough.

Well, ponder no longer MCR fans. Starting this October the band will release two tracks a month for the next five months from the scrapped Conventional Weapons sessions, meaning by February we'll have another full (non-canonical) My Chem album on our hands.

Although Gerard Way once said these recordings lacked "nitroglycerine to make them explode," that's apparently no longer the band's consensus on the tracks. In an online post about the Conventional Weapons, guitarist Frank Iero wrote, "Some of them are among my favorites we have ever written. A lot of them are kinda f—king rad."

Then why were they shelved in the first place?

"I liked the songs but I couldn't help associating them with the hard times from which they were created," Iero wrote. "It made me a bit uneasy." Although his blog post mentions tensions within the entire group, he's probably referring to the "painful decision" that lead to drummer Bob Bryar parting ways with the band in 2010, which went down between the shelved-album sessions and the release of Danger Days.

Now, Iero is saying that MCR is releasing these tunes as a way of coping with the drama that troubled those session. "How can we fully move on if we continue to hide the past? Together we decided that this chapter in My Chemical Romance's history no longer nedeed to be locked away." And just one month from now, we'll get to listen and decide for ourselves whether these songs lack "nitroglycerine" as Way alleged, or if they are, in fact, "f—king rad."