Eight years after releasing their last song, emo-rock darlings My Chemical Romance are back with new music with their single “The Foundations of Decay.”
The six-minute track is a blast of vintage MCR, making it clear the band haven’t lost their signature fire during their split.
Produced by vocalist Gerard Way, guitarist Ray Toro and Doug McKean, “The Foundations of Decay” marks a new beginning for the band, which broke up in 2013. The song’s arrival took followers of The Black Parade by pure surprise. because there were no teasers or notices before the release.
Either way, this long-awaited comeback track brought generations of emo fans together for another round of headless screaming, jumping and harmonizing, while showing why My Chemical Romance is as beloved as it is, giving the band a new front to reinvent itself.
The song begins with a clean guitar line backed by shrill static and a laid back drum beat, creating a dark and brooding atmosphere. Between that vibe are the verses carried by Way’s distorted voice, with lyrics of reflection on legacy and bottled-up reverence.
As the first chorus hits after the doom metal breakdown, the song is a headbanger in its own right with all the anthemic force of the band’s previous albums. The track oscillates between electric guitar-marked fests of rage and eccentric moments of storytelling, before dissipating into a scream-filled free-for-all.
“Let our bodies rest while our hearts will rest. Let our blood overrun if I die in pain,” Way sings.
Lyrically speaking, the song is a work of art. In each verse, Way reflects on the band’s formation, existence, and hiatus, as well as the question of their potential to deliver anything beyond their greatest hits. This is done with a thematic backdrop of decadence, which acts as a double meaning for some contemporary events around the world.
However, the only disappointment was the excessive use of distortion on vocals. Not only did it fail to convey the eerie and captivating atmosphere that the music had brought to its full moody potential, but it also made it difficult to understand the lyrics that are so integral to the track.
My Chemical Romance has always been an influential band, even the most prominent emo band. And finally, after years of heartache for fans everywhere, it’s time to dig up the all-black wardrobe, slather the black eyeliner, and catch a glimpse of The Black Parade as it crosses at the city again.
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