My Chemical Romance's album 'The Black Parade' will be in stores on October 24th in the US and October 23rd everywhere else. The best mid-Seventies record of 2006, a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock's golden age of bombast. ---David Fricke
Third album from the New Jersey emo-punk titans, following 2004's 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge', swaps the grand guignol concept of that album for an even more ambitious one following the story's protagonist into death and beyond. Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day's 'American Idiot'), this marks an ambitious progression for the band and goes far beyond the scope of mere "punk", encompassing the pomp and theatricality of 70s pop and prog rock. Includes the single 'Welcome To The Black Parade'.