My Chemical Romance drops first single in years out of nowhere!

Newark, New Jersey - My Chemical Romance's comeback single hits hard, and the surprise return of the alt-rock band may just be one of the anthems of the year.

Here's My Chemical Romance in 2011, back in their glory days.
Here's My Chemical Romance in 2011, back in their glory days.  © KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

My Chemical Romance dropped The Foundations of Decay, a massive single that is the band's first new music since 2013, and snuck up on us with absolutely zero warning late Thursday night.

This track goes from distorted and haunting intro to heavy angst and back, with some powerful lyrics that are worth a read to really get what lead singer Gerard Way is trying to say.

Way opens by softly singing about past success, which the band has plenty of, and struggles that left scars along the way. And he also touches on growing older, and doing nothing by building the "foundations of decay."

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But, in what feels like a perfect mix of despair and dark optimism, Way, lead guitarist Ray Toro, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero, and bassist Mikey Way go to heavier metal shredding, and a cry to push back against inaction, ending with the line "GET UP, COWARD!"

Foundations of Decay definitely deserves a spot on your apocalypse playlist.

My Chemical Romance returns

The nine-year break after the group's 2013 two-song EP Number Five felt like the end of an era, and for the band it was.

Gerard Way said in a 2019 interview with The Guardian, "It wasn’t fun to make stuff anymore. I think breaking up the band broke us out of that machine."

But thankfully the band decided it was fun to make music together again, because their new single is excellent, and a great addition to the week's smorgasbord of new music.

My Chemical Romance's new single, The Foundations of Decay, is a must-listen if you're a fan or just want something a little heavier to go with this year's emotional rollercoaster ride.

Cover photo: KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

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