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Memory of ‘The Black Parade’ carries on

The date was October 23, 2006.

On this day, an entire generation was taken to a place, musically, in which the world had never been to before.

On this day, My Chemical Romance released their third studio album “The Black Parade,” which, as we now know, would take its place amongst the most iconic albums to ever grace the alternative music scene — albums such as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Blink-182’s “Enema of the State” and Panic! at the Disco’s “A Fever you can’t Sweat Out,” just to name a few.

“The Black Parade” left behind a legacy that will be carried from generation to generation. Now, on the album’s tenth anniversary year, the United Kingdom magazine Rock Sound released a cover album of “The Black Parade” simply called “Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade.”

This album was released one week ago, September 14, 2016, and features 13 different bands who took a track off MCR’s original album and, well, covered it. Some bands added their own flare to the song while others stayed true to the original version.

As an avid MCR supporter and listener, it was extremely difficult for me to listen to the cover album with an open mind. Why change something that is so perfect and holds so much meaning for a very large number of people?

If you’re unfamiliar with “The Black Parade” album, the CD follows the story of the character called the patient, who dies of cancer and is taken on a journey to the afterlife.

Now, overall the cover album wasn’t as terrible as I was expecting. The majority of the songs were not completely butchered by these other bands. In fact, I found most of the tracks had stayed loyal to the original version.

Some tracks that caught my ear were “Cancer,” performed by Twenty One Pilots, “Dead!” by Escape the Fate, “Sleep” by New Years Day and “Famous Last Words” by Asking Alexandria.

Not all of them deserved an A plus though. Tracks like “Teenagers” by Against the Current, “Disenchanted” by Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and “Mama” by Ghost Town were altered from the original version, and not for the better.

I don’t think I have to say it, but I will: the cover album did not come close to the original CD in any way, shape or form. I also can’t ignore the fact that the record did not cover the last track of MCR’s album, “Blood.” But, this album was not meant to be as good as the first.

This cover CD was released because it was meant to pay tribute to a record that changed the lives of any angsty teenager willing to give it a listen. Although everyone will have their own thoughts and opinions on the album, what we can all agree on is that “The Black Parade” will forever ‘carry on,’ as vocalist Gerard Way sings.






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