The 10 Most Metal My Chemical Romance Riffs

Here are the 10 most metal My chemical romance riffs!

Guitarist Ray Toro grew up on heavy metal, vocalist Gerard Way have quoted Iron Maiden as an important influence, guitarist Frank Iero is literally in a black metal band and bass player Mikey Way…well, admittedly, Mikey’s primary influences seem to live outside of the realm of metal.

Toro’s metal background and Iero’s roots in punk and hardcore create a fusion of breathtaking, heavy guitar work that underlines each song to create the unique My Chem sound that has made them one of the greatest rock bands of our generation.

Using metrics such as technicality, speed, key, distortion, chugginess and evilnesswe made a list of the band’s heaviest riffs.

Big thanks to guitarist and MCR superfan Jack Thundercliffe for your help in isolating these parts!

  • “The Basis of Decay”

    Just a week after Ibaraki released “Rōnin” with screams from none other than Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance dropped “The Foundations Of Decay,” their first new song in more than a decade. With Way’s hellish vocals still in our heads, we were greeted with this song that not only featured some of the hardest vocals in the My Chem catalog, but also a straight up tempo breakdown.

  • “This is how I disappear”

    Pretend we’re not talking about My Chemical Romance and listen to Ray Toro’s isolated guitar tracks from this song. Be honest with yourself: It’s a metal song, right? The bridge (2:48 – 3:20) is particularly gnarly and perhaps one of the heaviest moments in MCR’s catalog.

  • “Honey, this mirror isn’t big enough for the two of us”

    The opening lead riff for this song is heavy enough on its own, but when paired with the rhythm progressions of the second (at the 0:28 mark), it starts to sound downright creepy. The music video, which is based on a Japanese horror film at lower iceberg level Audition makes it all the more brutal.

  • “Hang Them Up”

    Everyone knows the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho which offers the iconic string sound that we have naturally come to associate with stabs. In “Hang ‘Em High”, there’s a frantic moment where an already metal guitar riff is transformed to recreate that sound (0:48), and it feels dangerous as hell.

  • “Thank you for the gift”

    On it Three Cheers for sweet revenge tracklist “Thank You For The Venom” immediately follows a quiet, solemn “Interlude”, making this evil opening riff even more of a slap in the face when it kicks in. Do you need a new tone for your morning alarm?

    Consider this. I would be remiss not to refer you to this song’s solo (2:12).

  • “Vampires Will Never Hurt You”

    While already bad enough in its original heartbreaking, church-burning form, “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” took on a more metal tone over the years in the live setting. Especially this thick, woozy moment after the chorus.

  • “Our Lady of Sorrows”

    It makes sense that one of MCR’s most biting anthems is quick and dirty, driven by riffs that fuse punk and metal flawlessly. Try not to headbang when the chorus hits.

  • “Bury Me in Black”

    It’s a shame that a fully produced version of this song was never released. However, the raw grit of the demo makes this track’s intense opening riff even more abrasive.

  • “Boy Division”

    This song in its entirety absolutely rips, but one of the best parts hits around the two-minute mark with a rowdy riff played under Gerard singing an absolutely unhinged string of “la”s.

  • “mother”

    The last thing you would expect from a song that has an intro chorus inspired by polka and vocals by Liza Minnelli are an ugly breakdown, but that’s exactly what MCR delivers (at 2:56) in “Mama.”

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