- By early 2006, fans of the melodic screamo outfit My Chemical Romance were waiting on tenterhooks for a follow-up to the band's 2004 commercial breakthrough, THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE. Rather than giving the people exactly what they want, the band delivered a three-disc audio-visual stopgap release packed with live performances and videos. While there's no new material, the release is a veritable treasure trove of material designed to please their devoted following.
- The audio CD includes demos, one previously unreleased track, and eight ferocious live performances of some of the band's best tunes. One of the DVDs features videos, TV appearances, and tons of live footage, while the other is a video diary that delivers interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage. Elaborately packaged, LIFE ON THE MURDER SCENE may seem like opportunistic marketing to some, but MCR fanatics will find much here to cherish.
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "My Chem remain a punk band, and their flashes of reckless, claws-bared greatness tend to happen outside the studio, in front of the fans....LIFE ON THE MURDER SCENE pulls all the right guns from MY Chem's arsenal of songs."