Screaming Bloody Murder
You probably haven’t paid much attention to Sum 41 since their 2001 bubblegum punk hit ”˜Fat Lip.’ Keep doing that. On subsequent discs, frontman Deryck Whibley has aspired to depth outside his skill set. 2004’s Chuck was inspired by war in the Congo; the band’s newest seems touched by a lesser holocaust, Whibley’s 2010 divorce from Avril Lavigne. “Take the pictures off the wall/Erase the thoughts, forget them all,” he sings. Whibley cleans out his soul closet over operatic hard rock, rain-swept balladry and bad Green Day opera punk ”“ often crammed into the same song. If he’s trying to show breakups are arduous, it worked.
Key Tracks: ”˜Reason to Believe,’ ”˜Sick of Everyone’