It’s been 3 years since our last Sum 41 record and it’s felt like forever. After a big return to the ranks with 13 Voices in 2016, the boys are back and they’re back once again in full force and it's apparent from the moment opening track 'Turning Away' kicks in, this album is going to be something special. It’s clear that this is hands down one of their most aggressive and personal album to date. Reminiscent of the Chuck-era, the record shows off heavier riffs, raw emotional vocals and that distinct 41 feel that we have all come to know and love so much.
Vocalist Deryck Whibley has poured his heart and soul into this album, more so than any of its predecessors. He draws the audience in and makes you feel the power and heart behind every word he says. Tracks like ‘Never There’ and closing track on the album 'Catching Fire' show a side to Whibley’s lyrical abilities that we’ve never quite heard before.
On the flip side, Whibley showcases an intense amount of brutally honest aggression through a lot of the album. And it’s perfectly matched with that classic Brown Sound thrash guitar. The New Sensation is the perfect example vocally, Whibleys gut wrenching screams during the pre chorus bellow across the waves pulling you into it's huge chorus. And tracks like 'Out For Blood' demonstrate guitarist Daves true thrash abilities with one of the best guitar solos I've ever heard.
'A Death In The Family' hosts one of the catchiest 41 chorus's. Catchy vocal melodies have always been a one of Sum 41s best assets and this album is no exception. Every song is as memorable and unforgettable as the last. This is the second album Frank Zummo has drummed on and he seems to have really found his niche in the band, bringing a much heavier undertone of drumming to the band that at times sits more upfront than the rest of the sound. And while we're talking seconds, we've now heard guitarists Tom Thacker and Dave Baksh collaborate together on an album and this time round they've blended the best of both worlds and I think that is a big part on what makes this album feel so different and unique to anything previous.
The album portrays a heavier side to Whibley and as a band continues to steer in brand new directions that only seem to blow my mind every single time. I'll never tire of knowing there's new Sum 41 to hear and it doesn't look like the boys are going to be laying their instruments down anytime soon. This will easily go down as one of my top albums for the year.
Order In Decline is available July 19 through all music distributors and on all streaming services.
**Insert 41 salute**