It was only a matter of time but My Chemical Romance released a greatest hits album in 2014, almost a year to the day of their break up. May Death Never Haunt You: The Greatest Hits 2001-2013 is a nicely put together package. The double LP pressed on 180 gram black vinyl comes housed in a gatefold jacket. Also included is a DVD of video outtakes from all their music videos (mostly consisting of alternate angles of the video from all the cameras used during filming) and a funeral brassard, which is a black armband typically worn by pallbearers at funerals.
Inside the gatefold are photos of seven coffins, with each having the name of every member the band has ever had with their years spent in the band under it. Included are the four core members (Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Ray Torro and Frank Iero), their two drummers (Matt Pelissier and Bob Bryar) and James Dewees, their keyboardist on only one release, their final studio album Danger Days: The True Live Of The Fabulous Killjoys. Some diehard MCR fans might be saying it’s missing some drummers; well you would be half right. While the band continued to tour after Bob Bryar left the band with Michael Pedicone and Jarrod Alexander playing drums, those two never recorded any material with the band. The band used a session drummer (John Miceli) during the recording of Danger Days: The True Live Of The Fabulous Killjoys, so while he gets credit on the album he was never an official member of the band. Thus explains why only two of the band’s many drummers are credited in the gatefold of their greatest hits release.
There is one new song on the album along with three scarcely released demos. The new song, entitled “Fake Your Death” is the first track on the album while the demos “Skylines And Turnstiles,” “Knives/Sorrow” and “Cubicles” are the last three track on it. The demos are taken from an early demo the band circulated themselves, which was called Dreams Of Being Stabbed And/Or Being Stabbed. The three demo tracks would all later appear on the band’s first album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. “Knives/Sorrow” is a demo version of “Our Lady Of Sorrows,” and on some versions of the demo the track is entitled “Bring More Knives.”
Pressing info was never released for this record, and I doubt it ever will. It’s easily in the thousands if not the tens of thousands. What I do know is that all copies are pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and come with the DVD and funeral brassard, even though item descriptions on multiple sites/stores say the DVD and funeral brassard are pre-order exclusive. A download code is not included, which is inexcusable in this day and age. Considering Reprise included a DVD full of mostly BS, they could have easily included a CD version of the album at the very least if not a simple download card.
Odds are this record will go OOP though, because it is after all a My Chemical Romance release, and their fans are pretty rabid. The only thing holding it up from going OOP is the price tag, which is on the insanely high side. The average price of this record $45, but of course some places will be charging a few bucks more or less depending on where you go. I advise waiting to buy this with a discount code to save as much money as you can. I was able to buy this for $35 shipped, which is the cheapest I’ve ever seen it.
One very important thing to note about this release is that the funeral brassard and DVD are actually glued to the inside of the gatefold jacket. It’s the single most moronic thing I’ve ever seen done with a record. You can get them off, but you need to be very careful so you don’t rip off any portion of the jacket. Once you get the two items off there will be what seems like an unimaginably sticky residue left. It is much worse than the glue used to stick on cologne samples in magazines or stick new credit cards to letters. While the residue will eventually come off, it will take a very long time depending on how much time in a day, or week, you want to devote to it. I took me two weeks to get it off, at least to get it off to the point where I felt comfortable closing the jacket. My advice is to let it sit open for a few days so the glue dries a bit, then start using your fingernails to peel up the glue. I don’t recommend using any sharp objects or adhesive remover as you’ll just waste the later.