My Chemical Romance – The End

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

—My Chemical Romance

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The world of rock music was given a bit of a shake up last weekend with the announcement of My Chemical Romance’s break up. Across the world people were digging out their old MCR albums and having a good cry as they remembered the last 12 years of one of the most influential bands of the decade.

They first came about in 2001 mere days after the tragic September 11th plane crash when Gerard Way realised that he wanted to do something proactive with his life…and gosh didn’t he do it with a bang! So for anyone who has ever been touched by the influence of My Chemical Romance, this blog is a little homage to some of the band’s best bits from over the years to help you keep the memory of MRC alive and kicking.

Albums

220px-I_Brought_You_My_Bullets,_You_Brought_Me_Your_Love_cover In 2002, My Chemical Romance released their first album ‘I Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’ which included the first track written by Gerard Way ‘Skylines and Turnstiles’ as well as ‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’ and ‘Romance’.
Three+Cheers+for+Sweet+Revenge In 2004 the band released the album which put them in the limelight ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ which featured the massive hit ‘I’m not Okay (I Promise)’ as well as ‘Helena’ and ‘The Ghost Of You’.
220px-Blackparadecover 2006 saw the release of My Chemical Romance’s defining album ‘The Black Parade’ which shot the band into the eyes of the world through its concept feel and relatable lyrics. The multi-platinum selling album was home to chart topping hits including ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’, ‘Teenagers’, ‘I Don’t Love You’ as well as stand out album tracks ‘This Is How I Disappear’ and ‘Disenchanted’. Reflecting on life, death and the afterlife, this concept album was the beginning of something big for Gerard, Frank, Ray and Mikey.
Album-Art-for-Danger-Days-The-True-Lives-of-the-Fabulous-Killjoys-my-chemical-romance-16032818-1024-1024 After the overwhelming success of ‘The Black Parade’ MCR continued with the concept album theme (although not specifically stating it was a concept piece) when they released ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ in 2010. Set in a post-apocalyptic California in 2019, the four Killjoys Party Poison” (Gerard Way), “Jet Star” (Ray Toro), “Fun Ghoul” (Frank Iero), and “Kobra Kid” (Mikey Way) are fighting against the evil corporation ‘Better Living Industries’ aka BL/ind. Creating a new wave of the MCRmy, this album brought life to Killjoys across the world, forming an even greater alliance amongst the fans.
Mychemconvweap ‘Conventional Weapons’ was the fifth (and ultimately final) release by My Chemical Romance which was originally released as five double A-sides consisting of 10 previously unreleased tracks from 2009. Bringing with it a new band logo, this album could be seen as the beginning of the end of the sensational era of My Chemical Romance.

Logos

Since the bands arrival in 2001, their logo became somewhat of an icon with its simplistic and bold presence gracing the covers of albums, singles and merchandise. my-chemical-romance_logo
With the release of ‘The Black Parade’ the logo became more edgy and took on the appearance of a name scrawled into the back of a school book, giving it an even greater appeal to those wanting to show their love for the band. my-chemical-romance-logo
In 2012 to coincide with the release of ‘Conventional Weapons’ the logo was completely revamped with a more “manufactured” appearance. Completely losing the full band name in the logo, the use of the initials goes to prove the recognisability of the franchise with the circular forms representing a sense of infinity and enclosure. gg5btx4o9rtnli3hcpgv

Tours

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In 2007, My Chemical Romance embarked on one of the most ambitious tours of the decade with their ‘The Black Parade World Tour’ which included 5 legs and over 100 venues. During each show the band performed the entire ‘The Black Parade’ album in the setlist as well as a second setlist / encore which included ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, ‘Helena’ and ‘Give ‘Em Hell, Kid’. Dressed to the nines in black marching uniforms with an insane display of pyrotechnics, ‘The Black Parade World Tour’ was considered one of the most comprehensive and long running tours of all time.
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In late 2010 the band set out on another world tour entitled ‘The World Contamination Tour’ which was a celebration of their ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ and every show was opened with the sing along ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’. Including supports acts of Twin Atlantic, The Blackout and The Architects, it was nothing short of a sensational final tour for the fans to remember.

Famous Last Words

Since the announcement of the band’s split on Friday 23rd March 2013, the internet has been flooded with statements, quotes and messages from both the band and the fans so we feel it is only appropriate to include the (very) long and very heartfelt statement from the mastermind behind one of the most successful bands in recent music history followed by the aptly titled ‘Famous Last Words’ video for your viewing pleasure. From Gerard Way’s official Twitter account to anyone who has ever been touched by the words of MCR…

‘A Vigil, On Birds and Glass’

“My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.
It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you.
I always knew that, and I think you did too.

Because it is not a band-
it is an idea.”

Easter Competition & Playlist

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It’s coming up to that time of year when we can sit and stuff ourselves with chocolate without feeling guilty.

First of all we are going to unleash the top 30 rock songs that you lot have chosen to help you get your weekend off to a rocking start and then…its competition time.

Last week we asked you to vote for your favourite rock song since the year 2000 and the votes came flooding in from all angles!

Here for your listening pleasure are the top 30 rock songs as chosen by you, so get your generic MP3 players at the ready and start your weekend on a good note with the help of some of these awesome tunes.

See below for how to enter…

Position Band Title
1 Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
2 Slipknot Iowa
3 Bring Me The Horizon Blessed With A Curse
4 Black Veil Brides The End
5 Parkway Drive Carrion
6 Paramore Misery Business
7 Motionless In White Immaculate Misconception
8 Tenacious D Tribute
9 Foo Fighters Times Like These
10 Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
11 My Chemical Romance Welcome To The Black Parade
12 Biffy Clyro Black Chandelier
13 Asking Alexandria Reckless & Relentless
14 Papa Roach Last Resort
15 Tonight Alive Breaking and Entering
16 Evanescence Bring Me To Life
17 Dragon Force Through the Fire and Flames
18 Incubus Are You In
19 Rammstein Feuer Frei!
20 Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way
21 You Me At Six Reckless
22 Blink 182 I Miss You
23 Deftones Leathers
24 Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams
25 30 Seconds to Mars The Kill
26 System of a Down Chop Suey!
27 Funeral for a Friend History
28 Linkin Park Numb
29 Metallica St Anger
30 Twin Atlantic Free

Now, its time to get onto more serious matters…COMPETITION TIME!!! We figured a worldwide Easter egg hunt was a little over enthusiastic so instead we’re giving you the chance to win a Grindstore goodie bag bursting with everything you need to put a spring in your step!

Prizes

1 x Prize: The winner will receive a Grindstore goodie bag filled with everything you need to get you in the mood for an awesome spring including some NEW SEASON IRON FIST merch!!

Question

  •  Just download or print off the template of our favourite friend and his Easter goodies and decorate him how you wish: Easter Skully Template PDF (or download JPG)

How to Enter

  • Just post your entries on the blog, email them to beccy@grindstore.com or post them to Grindstore, 2 Heath Drive, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6ER. Remember to include your name and contact details!

Closing Date

  • This competition will end at mid-day on 28th March (for internet AND postal entries) and the winner will be announced during the afternoon.

 

 

 

For the People…By the People II

Back in March of 2011, we put together an A-Z of the top rock songs of all time with the help of you lot. Two exciting years of music on and it’s time for round two of ‘For The People…By The People’…with a twist! Since we published the list all those months ago, we have seen an utter explosion of metal, thrash, rock and punk bands emerging onto the scene and some of the names have already concreted themselves into the foundations of the genres. To picture just a few of these once tiny whispers on the microphone and those bands who hadn’t even featured on a “What’s hot” list somewhere on the world wide web:

Can you imagine a world without Andy Biersack and co? Can you envision a land where Tonight Alive weren’t bringing the taste of down under to the stages of the world? Well neither can we!

 

So we think it’s time to compile a list of the top 30 rock, punk, metal and thrash songs of the 21st century. You can’t beat the classics but it’s time to let the youth shine through so drop us an email, join in on Facebook or Twitter (#Grindstoretop30), write us a letter or comment on the blog, let us know the name of the band and the song you think deserves the number one spot. If you need a little inspiration then make sure you check out the 2011 poll RIGHT HERE! This poll of utterly insane tunes will be running until Thursday 21st March and we will then publish the final list on Friday 22nd March to make sure that your weekend gets off to a rockin’ start.

So put your generic MP3 players on shuffle and get your votes in NOW! Eligible entries are any releases from 1st January 2000 – present day.

Randy Blythe Walks Free

Today sees the end of the harrowing journey for Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe as the court in Prague acquits the singer of causing a 19 year old fans death. After nearly 10 months of uncertainty surrounding the future of Blythe and Lamb of God, he is finally free to live his life as an innocent man and continue doing what he does best.

In recognition of the singer’s continued integrity and positivity throughout the whole ordeal, this blog takes a look back at some of the mile stone events which have taken place since his arrest in June 2012.

It is commonly known that rock and metal gigs are packed with sweaty bodies and flailing limbs and on the odd occasion someone will probably get an elbow to the face or a studded and buckled boot to the shin. But it was all part and parcel of the genre which added to the intensity of the music and the overall excitement of the gigs.

In June 2012, the front man of one of metal’s most iconic bands was arrested on manslaughter charges when Lamb of God took to the Czech Republic for a gig at the Rock Café.

The Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested on these charges for a gig which took place in Prague in 2010 where a fan – who got into an apparent altercation with singer after he climbed onto the stage – later died from his injuries. Almost instantly, the world of metal and far beyond exploded into an uproar of outrage at the allegations and the effects took over the world of social media on an unprecedented scale.

As of 28th June 2012 ‘Free Randy Blythe’ spread across Facebook and Twitter like a rash with #FreeRandyBlythe trending worldwide on Twitter and a host of ‘Free Randy’ merchandise became available across the web. The most surprising and touching sentiment though had to be the support from people across the world that weren’t metal fans, some never having heard of Lamb of God.

After five weeks in Pankrác prison in Prague, an 8,000,000Kč (£254,000) bail and a lengthy trial in Czech Republic, it looks like this tragic case has finally come to a close.

After the trial was postponed in early February until the beginning of March due to unavailable witnesses, many eye witnesses, psychologists, defence and prosecution lawyers have battled their corners in their bids to prove or disprove Randy Blythe’s involvement in the death of fan Daniel Nosek in 2010.

Watch Randy’s closing statement here.

Throughout his arrest, prison stay, bail and trial, Randy Blythe has presented himself with nothing less that integrity, composure and honour which has shed a new light on the attitudes of heavy metal music. Through his Instagram account (drandallblythe) he has given a fascinating insight into his time in Pankrác prison and posted regular messages to his fans and supporters, all of which continue to display his admirable state of mind. Below are a few of his most heartfelt posts and photographs but we strongly advise checking out his page for the full and captivating picture

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4th February 2013

drandallblythe And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y’all!”

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5th February 2013:

drandallblythe I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. Continue reading