My Chemical Romance
May Death Never Stop You
Reprise Records – Warner Music Group
Official Release Date: 25 March 2014
It’s been a year since the MCRmy were informed that My Chemical Romance were disbanding on March 22, 2013. So it seems fitting that a year later they would release their greatest hits album and entitle it May Death Never Stop You.
“The title is fitting, because as sad as it was to say goodbye to the band, we look at this collection as a celebration of our best songs, and hope the memory of them continues to bring joy to you all as they have for us. We hope you take the journey with us into MCR’s past, and enjoy the small taste of what might have been.” – MCR
The 19-track collection starts with the previously unreleased song, ‘Fake Your Death’, one of the last songs worked on in the studio together before they called it quits. The remaining tracks continue in chronological order with songs from the 2002 debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, ‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’ and ‘Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us’.
We’re then treated to anthem hits from 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, ‘Helena’, and ‘The Ghost Of You’. ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’, ‘Famous Last Words’, and ‘Teenagers’ from 2006’s platinum The Black Parade; and ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ and ‘Sing’ from 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, concluding with with three songs from the infamous Attic Demos.
As with every greatest hits compilation there are always a song or two you believe were wrongfully excluded. I, for one, thought the album should have included ‘It’s Not A Fashion Statement It’s A Death Wish’ and ‘Cemetery Drive’ from Three Cheers and ‘Disenchanted’ ‘Sharpest Lives’ and ‘This Is How I Disappear’. Are any of your favourite songs missing? Make your case for them in the comment section below, after you check out the track-list.
If, like me, My Chemical Romance saw you through some of your most awkward adolescent years keep on, keepin’ on MCRmy. Take heart that you’ll always have their music to fall back on for nostalgic trips and memories of concerts- if you were ever lucky enough to make it to one (they were my first!) Know that while we’re a fandom that may not be afraid to walk this world alone, you are anything but.
May Death Never Stop You will be released as a standard album (which doesn’t include the video content), a deluxe edition that includes the long-form video content with two hours of footage and as a 180-gram vinyl two-LP set with a gatefold sleeve, plus the DVD.
1. Fake Your Death
2. Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
3. Vampires Will Never Hurt You
5. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
6. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
7. The Ghost Of You
8. Welcome To The Black Parade
12. Famous Last Words
13. Na Na Na
15. Planetary (Go!)
16. The Kids From Yesterday
17. Skylines And Turnstiles (Demo)
18. Knives/Sorrow (Demo)
19. Cubicles (Demo)