Various Artists (Punk)
Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade


2.0
poor

Review

by ConcubinaryCode USER (14 Reviews)
September 25th, 2016 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A parade to celebrate mediocrity

It has been a decade since My Chemical Romance’s critically and commercially acclaimed album, The Black Parade, has been released and magazine publisher, Rock Sound, saw fit to produce a “star-studded tribute to an album that defined a generation” as the front cover proudly touts. Tribute albums are a great way for newer bands to attract the attention of fans by putting their own twist on classic songs, all the while paying service to a band of the original material. While tribute albums aren’t a relatively new concept in any means or even few and far between, it’s always interesting to see an album like The Black Parade being covered. The original album was an anathematic, bombastic rock epic with plenty of ways that could be worked into something fresh and different.

Unfortunately, most of the album falls into the trap of mimicking the notes to create an imitation of the originals. It doesn’t start off promising as the opening song, The End, sounds like it could be played right on top of the rendition by My Chemical Romance. By the time the next five songs play it becomes more disheartening to hear so little effort put forth into the songs. Crown The Empire’s rendition of the title track is especially guilty of making the anthem sound actually worse due to flat vocals, poor production, and uninspired tunes.

The latter half of the tribute album manages to fare a bit better starting with Palisade’s cover of House of Wolves. You can hear that the band actually put their sound into the song and the singer actually puts forth a strong vocal performance, possibly the best on the album. However, it feels as if they covered the wrong song as they turned the original song with its non-stop spastic riffs into a cover with some basic chugs dragging the pace of the song down quite a bit. A few other bands manage to put their own spin on songs like Ghost Town’s electronics driven cover of Mama or New Year’s Day covering Sleep with some aggressive vocals and simple but sweet heavier tuned riffs played throughout. It doesn’t always work but it is worth commending them for making songs that actually pop out. The highlight of this tribute album is arguably Twenty One Pilots covering Cancer. The band truly makes the song their own with a soothing, somber tone with a melodramatic crescendo but considering the original ballad, could be forgiven.

Disappointingly enough, Asking Alexandria finishes things up by falling into the trap that plagued the first half of the compilation. Playing the closer in such a straightforward way is the worst way to end the album. If a band can’t manage to put your own sound into covers, what reason would you have to check out your band if you can’t take away anything interesting about them" Listening to most of these covers made me realize how much more i liked it when My Chemical Romance did it. I feel it is worth noting that the bands guilty of this are probably the most well-known on here too, with Twenty One Pilots being the exception regarding the quality. Regardless, the tribute album to The Black Parade was disappointing to say the least. Some interesting takes on songs can’t make up for the laziness of the others which take up the majority of the album. Check out some of the better covers then put the original back on.

Recommended tracks:
Cancer by Twenty One Pilots
Sleep by New Years Day
House of Wolves by Palisades



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ConcubinaryCode
September 24th 2016


4611 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah i gave it a listen because i used to adore mcr way back when. constructive criticism as always and all that.also i know making things bold hasnt been the most accepted thing lately either but italicisng things doesnt make it look too great either. what do you guys like in terms of that stuff?

Storm In A Teacup
September 24th 2016


26554 Comments


burn all copies

Snide
September 24th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fuckin' lmao

Snide
September 24th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pos though

Storm In A Teacup
September 24th 2016


26554 Comments


my desire to rate this a 1 is raging even having only heard the 21 pilots cover

theNateman
September 24th 2016


3643 Comments


Same, and the TOP cover alone was a 3/5 at best

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Ebola
September 24th 2016


3576 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This parallels my thoughts almost exactly. Crown the Empire's cover is the easily the worst, and Palisades and New Years deliver the only performances really worth hearing, although Creeper's cover is decent too I guess. Was really disappointed by the AA track; I actually kinda liked their last album, so this was disheartening.

ConcubinaryCode
September 25th 2016


4611 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks for the pos' fellas, I was worried some of this might read weird or I didn't use enough clarification. Keep in mind that even though I say nice things about a few covers, they're nothing amazing or anything. Hence the 2 rating.

sempiturtle
September 25th 2016


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Like... Crown the Empire is my favorite band... but their cover is the worst thing on here.

ConcubinaryCode
September 25th 2016


4611 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah crown the Empire are usually an above average group in their scene but they just sound like they didn't even want to do it. Their cover of payphone was better ffs

AdoreSwancore
September 25th 2016


116 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I agree with most of this except I didn't even like TOP's cancer cover.

omgbecky
September 25th 2016


479 Comments


Surprising choice from you. Third sentence is a little wonky, but other than that pretty sweet review.

Snide
September 25th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Only one worth a damn is the New Years Day cover

SweeneyTodd
September 26th 2016


2173 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

album blows, but thought Ghost Towns cover of Mama was interesting

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LotusFlower
September 26th 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

who the fuck added this to the database.

FullOfSounds
September 26th 2016


15772 Comments


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Tunaboy45
September 26th 2016


16737 Comments


reminds me of a nevermind cover CD I got in an issue of kerrang once


it sucked

FullOfSounds
September 26th 2016


15772 Comments


Oh god

Tunaboy45
September 26th 2016


16737 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiMbdtMcNsc

shoot me

TVC15
September 26th 2016


9957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lol

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