Sum 41: Screaming Bloody Murder Reviewed

Screaming Bloody Murder is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41. It is the band's second album produced by the band's frontman Deryck Whibley and recorded as a three piece, and is the first album by the band since 2007's Underclass Hero which marks the longest gap between two Sum 41 albums.

It is Sum 41's heaviest album to date and heavier than their previous album Underclass Hero due to the gloomy lyrics in the new album. Even though new lead guitarist Tom Thacker was already a part of the band and co-wrote the first single off the album, all guitars were still recorded by singer Deryck Whibley and Tom was uncredited.

Background

The band initially entered the studio in late 2008 with plans to record an EP for release in April 2009, though as more and more material was written, they have decided to keep writing and make the album a full-length album, with Deryck Whibley commenting that "it's the safe to say the album will be released in 2009", though it was fast announced by Cone McCaslin and Steve Jocz not to expect the album any sooner than summer 2010.

In November 2009, it was announced that the band hired legendary British producer Gil Norton to produce the album, and that they will go into pre-production in December, and will enter the studio to record the album in January 2010.

On January 8, 2011, it was announced that the band will release the radio single "Screaming Bloody Murder" on February 7, 2011 in the United States. The song had its worldwide premiere on January 14, 2011. Universal Japan has confirmed on the official Japanese Sum 41 website, that Screaming Bloody Murder will be released in Japan on March 23, 2011, after which it was confirmed on the band's official website that the album be released on March 29, 2011, in the US. On February 28, 2011, a stream of "Blood In My Eyes", another new song from the album, was released for free listening on Alternative Press.

Universal Music Japan then announced that they postponed release date of the album in Japan because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, until April 6, 2011. On March 24, 2011, Island Records started streaming the record in its entirety on the band's official website.

The Verdict

Sum 41 is without a doubt one of the more prominent names in the history of pop punk. They were also one of the first bands to really pursue and successfully use the aggressive pop punk format to make both huge hits

The same is done with their latest outing. With opener Reason to believe kicking the first of many standouts. It's got a very epic feel to it and there is the distinct Sum 41 trademark sound with a hint of maturity.

There were times where I speculated that this maturity was a result of Deryck Whibley's divorce from Avril Lavigne in 2009. I mean think about it, both had album delays and eventually when Avril's album was released, you can tell that is more mellow with lots more emotions compared to her previous work.

With Sum 41, we're at the other end. Like I said earlier that epic sound, constant tempo changes.

Skumfuk was different though, I mean just looking at the title you might think it's gonna explode in your face in typical Sum 41 fashion but it's an emotionally heavy song with lots of intensity.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

I won't say Sum 41 has changed as a result of the maturity but like Avril's recent work perhaps it's Sum 41 evolving with the time and age. A mark of all great musicians.

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