It's been three years since My Chemical Romance morosely marched in "The Black Parade." Happily, the band is back in the studio for the follow up to their 2006 platinum album.

The Gerard Way-fronted band is in the studio with producer Brendan O'Brien, best known for his work with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Bruce Springsteen.

Unlike "The Black Parade" and the MCR albums that have come before it, the new project is not a concept album.

"At this point, the best way to describe the new album is My Chemical Romance being the purest, most distilled version of itself," Way says. "No bells and whistles, as the focus has been on melody and songwriting. If it doesn't work in a room with just the five of us, we aren't trying to make it work in the studio with effects and string sections. Making The Black Parade allowed us the departure we needed to see what worked and what didn't, experiment, and add a lot of elements we never would have. Sometimes you need to leave to come back home. To me, it feels like the culmination of everything we have learned as songwriters and players."

 No release date has been set.

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