sum 41 13 Voices (CD, £4.75)label: hopeless
13 Voices is the band’s first album in five years, following 2011’s ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’, which featured the Grammy nominated song ‘Blood In My Eyes’. Of the new album, frontman Deryck Whibley says, “I am really excited to be releasing an album after everything I’ve been through recently. This new music represents the journey I’ve been on throughout the process of making this record. I had to fall in order to rise, and nothing feels better than to have something you love that you had to really fight for. I can honestly say that ‘13 Voices’ saved my life and I cannot wait to share it with all of you.” Whibley began writing for ‘13 Voices’ immediately following a four-month stint in the hospital. The frontman recalls, “I had to learn how to do everything again-my motor skills, learning how to play guitar again... I couldn’t even walk at the time. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly. Writing music gave me a purpose. I had to get better.” As Whibley's health improved so did his ability to write songs. ‘13 Voices’ soon began to take shape and was recorded, produced and engineered by Whibley at his home in Los Angeles. The record includes a surprise return from original guitarist Dave Brownsound, who parted ways with the band a decade prior. The first song Dave played guitar on was ‘Goddamn I’m Dead Again’, a track that proves that the fiery guitar riffs that came to define Sum 41 are back. In addition to bassist Cone McCaslin and lead guitarist Tom Thacker, Sum 41 would also formally welcome Frank Zummo (Street Drum Corps, Krewella, Thenewno2, Dead By Sunrise) behind the kit. The end result stands tall as Sum 41’s most intense, cathartic and all-round finest work in years.
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