You have no Common Sense!!! I've listened to this album a million times, and nowhere is it talking about an "apocalyptic view" or anything like that. If you did your research, you would know that it is actually a Rock Opera about a patient in the hospital, not f--king zombies! And, also, it doesn't encourage ANYONE to kill or injure themselves -- just the opposite. Lyrics like "We'll carry on" does not mention killing themselves --it's about dealing with whatever life dishes out. MCR is totally against suicide - they ran a whole campaign, and even in an interview Gerard said that "MCR saved our lives, and saves others." I definitely felt that. MCR saved my life after I went through a really dark time in my life. If you think it'll turn your kids "to the dark side", you're wrong. It makes them feel heard and relate-able. Don't think your kids don't know what drugs or suicide is. Chances are, if they're over 10, they'll give you a pretty in-depth report.
Positive Messages: They are totally anti-suicide. Listen to one of their songs, and you'll find out. They're urging to "carry on" and make things better.
Positive Role Models: In 2004, the lead vocalist, Gerard Way, had trouble dealing with his alcohol and drug addiction. This was a recovery album for him after he got sober. He doesn't lie in this album -- lyrics like "If you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, you can find out first-hand what it's like to be me" is something teens can all relate to at some point. And he's not lying when he sings this - in thier documentary, he states "I don't like the way my face looks, but that's OK, 'cause it's my...face!" He reassures his fans, saying "No matter how messed up you are, there are 5 messed up dudes just like you..."
Violence: In "Dead" he mentions, "Wouldn't it be great if we were dead?" This is meant METAPHORICALLY, from the Patient's perspective. It's definitely not the band's view. Remember, this album is telling a STORY. In "Teenagers" teens are depicted as "sleeping with their guns". I'm a teen, and i've never even held one -.-
Sex: One tiny lyric "So why don't you blow me, A kiss before she leaves" in The Sharpest Lives. I'm not sure it's really sexual, I mean, it could be a possible misinterpretation. Again, kids will most likely miss that altogether. That's the only sexual-related thing off the album, so it's not a huge deal for teens to listen to. Trust me, we've heard it all before!
Language: In the hidden track Blood, there is the lyric "The doctors and the nurses, they adore me so, but it's really quite alarming, 'cause i'm such an awful f--k!" A few more f--k's and sh-t's. Again, not something we all haven't heard before!
Consumerism: Really, CSM?!?! I don't think ads for their own merch qualify as consumerism. *facepalm*
Drinking, Drugs and Smoking: In Teenagers, there is the lyric, "Because the drugs never work". In context, it's not suicidal or anything. A few other discrete mentions.
Oh, and CSM, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE IS THE GREATEST F--KING BAND EVAR! They're saving my generation not only from suicide, but from the terrible, fluff music that's listened to by 92% of the teen population.
:) thank you