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My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has posted a letter online to fans revealing that the band intends to finally release the music it recorded, and eventually abandoned, before going on to make its last record, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. Although the group initially started work on a follow-up to 2006's The Black Parade in 2009, it recorded 10 songs before the members decided they were dissatisfied and wanted to start over, resulting in the Danger Days album.
Now Iero has written in part, "Recently we had a band meeting, we ended up talking about the past, and together we listened to those songs we created almost four years ago. We discussed the way those songs made us feel, how they led us to where we are now and what the fate of those songs should be. How can we fully move on if we continue to hide the past? Together we decided that this chapter in My Chemical Romance's history no longer needed to be locked away."
Iero continued, "Beginning in October we will be releasing two songs a month for five months. Ten songs in total from the Conventional Weapons sessions we did back in 2009. We hope you enjoy these time capsules, and that they may shed a little more light on how and where Danger Days came from, and maybe even where the future of MCR might be heading."
The guitarist added, "I kinda think some of (the songs) are among my favorites we have ever written . . . they just so happened to have been created in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and we as their parents were not ready to raise them just yet."
Around the time that Danger Days was released, My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way gave us a few hints about what that unreleased record sounded like: "It just lacks something special. It's a rock album, but in a very like boring way. Like to me, the best rock albums are things like (the Sex Pistols') Never Mind The Bollocks or Combat Rock by Clash -- like things that challenged the notion of what rock was. In trying to make this great American rock record, we ended up with making something very boring. So it's a collection of songs that actually just don't fit together."
The full track listing and release schedule, as well as whether Conventional Weapons will also be issued as a standard album, will be revealed within the coming days.
My Chemical Romance is also at work on a brand new album, although details about that project have yet to materialize.