Earlier than the albums Hazard Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and The Black Parade, and definitely earlier than the band sang “I am Not Okay” — giving a mute era license for honesty and a language for his or her put up Sept. 11 collective trauma — My Chemical Romance wrote comedian e-book narratives on demise. The band needed to. In contrast to the city, subcultural bands that predated third wave emo, MCR was born within the suburbs, within the shadow of New York Metropolis’s skyline, deeply uncool and escapist. A refuge from the rumble of the Twin Towers was discovered within the narrative thoughts of frontman Gerard Approach and the band’s crude guitar tracks, knowledgeable by native emo heroes Thursday as a lot as Morrissey, Queen, musical theater and Fangoria. In VFW halls and New Brunswick basements, they turned vampiric superheroes, prepared to offer teenagers credence and optimism of their ache.
“The Foundations of Decay,” My Chemical Romance’s first new music since 2014’s “Pretend Your Demise,” remembers that point, sounding like a misplaced relic from its first album, 2002’s I Introduced You My Bullets, You Introduced Me Your Love, amplified by six-minute lengthy proggy manufacturing. Beneath the programmed static, a mournful guitar line rings out — almost equivalent to the one in “Demolition Lovers” — with explosive drums that construct within the pre-chorus. Ray Toro’s lead guitar is stuffed with sticky staccato, and Gerard’s wealthy, nasal tenor oscillates from reserved near-sprechgesang to screaming belt, strained however wiser now.
“He was there, the day the towers fell,” he sings out to these early days, “Take his physique as a relic to be canonized now / And so he will get to die a saint / However she is going to all the time be a whore,” he contorts within the refrain. As a substitute of the navel-gazing, simple misogyny of emo-pop, Approach and his band establish on a regular basis injustices and carry out them. How else may you exorcize a demon? Foundations decay, however within the particles is one thing lovely.