4 broken-up bands we’re thankful we had

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Now that 2013 is hitting the home stretch, we thought we’d look back on some of the bands that decided to hang it up this year. Normally, this would be a time of mourning the loss of beloved acts, but instead, we’re choosing to reflect thankfully on the music they provided. Take a look at some of the best bands to say goodbye this year and feel free to tell us what broken-up band you’re thankful for.

My Chemical Romance

The My Chemical Romance break-up announcement earlier this year was sharp, unexpected and especially painful, since it seemed like the band had a lot of life left in them. Alas, that was not the case. Their final release of work, Conventional Weapons, was a collection of discarded songs that were originally recorded for what was to become Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. You can argue for the greatness of just about every album this band released, and they undoubtedly had an enormous impact on not only the scene, but rock music as a whole.

Underoath

Technically, Underoath announced their break-up late last year. However, their farewell tour took place in January of this year, so we’re saying it counts. A band that was truly a pioneer in the post-hardcore genre, Underoath had a knack for creating some of the most sonically intriguing heavy music of the past decade and surely influenced an entire wave of post-hardcore/metalcore bands that have come onto the scene in recent years. Their passion for excellence and their desire to break the mold set them apart and made them one of the most influential heavy bands this scene has known.

Go Radio

Go Radio was a wonderful project for all of the Mayday Parade fans who mourned the loss of Jason Lancaster. However, Lancaster managed to turn Go Radio into something much larger and grander than an offshoot of his old band. Instead, Go Radio would create some of the catchiest and well-made pop rock of the past few years. Their swan song, Close the Distance, is a blueprint of what catchy, intelligent pop rock should sound like and certainly should have resulted in the band’s accent to the top of the charts. Instead, the album passed many by and led to the band’s dissolution. The good news is that Lancaster is far from done making music. Let’s hope his fantastic songwriting carries over to his next project.

The Chariot

The Chariot never experienced the fame and draw that many heavy bands in this scene have garnered in the past decade, which is a real shame. The Georgia mathcore act was unrelenting, releasing five solid albums including 2010’s Long Live – a classic in the genre. The band’s wild live performance accompanied by Josh Scogin’s passionate and desperate roar set the band apart from many wannabe acts that cashed in on the metalcore extravaganza of the late aughts. The Chariot blazed a trail of technical, thoughtful hardcore music that cuts to the core and creates a sonic atmosphere far deeper than what you might expect.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

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