The Black Parade



Great music, but also intense and dark.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A dark outlook on life, but the songs may encourage kids to think.

Positive role models

Not a lot of behaviors you would want your kid to emulate.


Death-obsessed lyrics; some violent.

Not applicable

Enough expletives ("f--k" and "s--t") to rate a "Parental Advisory" sticker.


CD insert advertises band merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Chemical Romance continues to produce lyrics that are death-obsessed, but also at times, very well written. "F--k" and "s--t" appear just frequently enough to warrant a "Parental Advisory" sticker. There are also several references to drinking and drugs.

What's the story?

THE BLACK PARADE is, according to lead singer Gerard Way, "way more dramatic, way more theatrical, completely over the top; borderline psychotic" compared to My Chemical Romance's 2004 major-label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. There's nothing subtle about this CD, as the band careens from one majestically arranged, death-obsessed anthem to another ("Wouldn't it be grand to take the pistol by the hand/and wouldn't it be great if we were dead?" muses Way on "Dead!") -- with occasional side trips to the local bar. The only subtlety comes in the lyrics of "Cancer" ("Call my Aunt Marie/tell her to gather my things"), a poignant exploration of terminal illness that may mean a lot to anyone who has had personal experience with life-threatening disease.

Is it any good?


The group's exceptional rhythm section, impressive guitar work, and intense lead vocals, along with ever-more dramatic and (some might say) overblown production techniques, create a dark and apocalyptic mood throughout The Black Parade, and some of the songwriting is evocative and poetic. Though not a great choice for overly sensitive teens dealing with severe depression, My Chemical Romance has a lot to offer those who can put the band's bleak worldview in perspective.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about depression and death-obsession, and the value of expressing thoughts and fears artistically rather than self-destructively.

  • "Cancer" might have poignant resonance for anyone who has personal experience with the disease.

Music details

Artist:My Chemical Romance
Release date:October 24, 2006
Labels:Reprise, WEA
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byOptimusPrimal February 22, 2011

Fantastic Album Fine For 14+

This album is perfect in every way, from a technical standpoint. It is close to perfection in themes, messages, and content issues. "The End" and "Dead!" have somewhat of a prayer to them: ("Save me!..."To young to die, get me out of here!") Where "Welcome To The Black Parade" motions those who have lost a loved one to ("Carry on...Though you're dead and gone, you're memory will carry on...") "Cancer" is a ballad of "The Patient" dying of cancer (Obviously), and telling his love that it is hard to leave her, but he will see her again...("The hardest part of this is leaving you.../I'll be with you soon.") "Famous Last Words" encourages listeners, once again, to be strong...("I am not afraid to keep on living/I am not afraid to walk this world alone...") "This Is How I Disappear" shows "The Patients" love for his wife/girlfriend...("Without you is how I disappear/I want to be with you forever now...") "I Don't Love You" is a sad song, but ultiamtely ends with telling the truth, though it may be hard...("This Is The Hardest thing to say.../I don't love you like I did, yesterday...") In "Disenchanted", "The Patient" recalls all the fond memories he had before he dies...("It was the roar of the crowd that gave me heartache to sing.../I spent my high school career and got my degree/I always wanted to sell a car on TV...") "Mama" shows that if one sins he will die and go to hell...("Oh, mama, we're all gonna die.../Mama we all go to hell/I should've been a better son...") The negative content is really quite minimal. "GD" is used twice on "Disenchanted", "F--k" is used very sparingly and only on three songs. "Sh-t" is used on "Teenagers" several times, and "House Of Wolves" suggests that this fictional character "The Patient" feels no regret for past sins...("I S-I-N.../I'll say what I wanna say/ Honey I'm no angel, I'll take that to my grave...") On a artistic standpoint, this album is fantastic. Soaring vocals from Gerard Way, amazing lead guitar from Ray Toro, and high-scale production values ensure this CD will be played over and over again. Parents, please consider buying this for your kids if you are unsure about the content. I hope my review helps you in your decision. There are a lot of good lessons to learn from this album, and who knows, you may find you enjoy it as well.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byheartlessxsinner August 17, 2009

Perfectly Fine

Yes, they did drop a few f-bombs. So what? Kids my age do it every single day. If parents are worried about their kids commiting suicide or becoming depressed from listening to My Chemical Romance's lyrics, then they should listen to the last track, 'Famous Last Words', which uses the lines quite a few times, 'I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone.' And thanks to that song, I am not afraid to keep going on with my life, even through the darkest of times.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Music Girl June 10, 2011

Stop blaming MCR, their music is great and helps when your down

When some parents see, "Death obsessed lyrics..", they freak out. MCR may mention death quite a few times, or have "dark lyrics", but have you ever considered that your children really feel like this inside? You might say, "oh its that darn My Chemical Romance. Timmy, you shouldn't listen to them.", but maybe your kids have really "big" problems in their lives and need to be listened to. On the album "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge", the song "I'm Not Okay" expresses many teens' feelings (YES, even the f bomb near the end!) On, "The Black Parade", the song "Welcome to the Black Parade" can help many get over the death of a friend or family member; as well as the song "Helena" from the "Three Cheers..." album. Parents: STOP blaming bands, TV, and whatever else. START talking to your kids and listening to them when they are trying to tell you that something is wrong with them. Instead of ending the coversation or changing the subject, ask your kid how they feel when they listen to MCR's music. Some may just tell you their inner feelings and that MCR helps them through dark times. When you don't listen, it makes them seal their feelings up in their minds and not want to tell you anything, driving them far away from you and closer to MCR's music. And the reason why they like MCR? Because these songs make them feel understood and may even make them feel better. Bottom Line: LISTEN TO YOUR KIDS, talk to them, and STOP blaming bands like MCR.


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