Last night, the unexpected happened. My Chemical Romance surprise-dropped a new song called "The Foundations of Decay," marking their first new material since 2014's "Fake Your Death," which was recorded before their 2013 breakup and included on 2014's May Death Never Stop You greatest hits compilation. It's unclear when "Foundations of Decay" was actually recorded, but all signs point to it being a brand new song — even though its heavy sound recalls a side of MCR that we haven't heard in nearly 20 years.
Clocking in at six minutes, the track is a mid-tempo epic adorned with gloomy atmospheres and a light-'em-up delivery from frontman Gerard Way. The main riff is ginormous, but the best part is the wildly heavy breakdown that comes in halfway through, featuring guttural black-metal screams over huge post-hardcore chugs. It's the heaviest thing they've released since 2004's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, and might even rival the darkest, chuggiest moments on their 2002 debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.
Whether you're an MCR diehard or a longtime skeptic, this is a great time to give them another shot. Listen above via YouTube.