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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait., 3 April 2011
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The Sums haven't released an album since 2007 but it seems the extended gap between Underclass Hero (UH) and Screaming Bloody Murder gave Deryck and co. a chance to create something a little more sophisticated.
The sound is heavier than UH for the most part, but with a little more melody than chuck. The album has an eb and flow to it which makes the music flow as a whole, not just sound like 14 tracks put into an preferred order.

Starting with 'Reason To Believe' which builds into a more old-school Sum 41 track, but with a soft, piano-driven intro and bridge (also very enchanting as an acoustic bonus track) it gives an immediate impression of the album as a whole. Heavy, catchy but not one-dimensional.

'Screaming Bloody Murder' has a floaty intro and outro from Deryck, which briefly sandwich a high-tempo, angry burst of a song, like a call to arms, with an intense and rapid guitar solo. However, it probably isn't catchy enough to justify being first single though.

'Skumf*k' starts again with a slow, piano-based tune, before erupting into a fast punk song. The verses sound like something off Chuck, the verses more like UH.

'Time For You To Go' introduces a new, sound, not just to the album, but to Sum 41 as a band. Much more indie and pop-orientated. Very catchy, and upbeat in tempo. Riff-driven, with a guitar solo in the bridge which could be off an Operation-MD LP.

'Jessica Kill' is an absolute album highlight. The first song not to really show any drop in intensity throughout, with explicit talk of lusting after someone, it demonstrates the band's innate ability to build a catchy song out of something heavy, loud and fast. My favourite track.

'What Am I To Say' is a slower, more sentimental song, a little like 'Pieces' but not quite as poignniant. Still, a nice change of pace and avoids sounding like album-filler.

'Holy Image Of Lies' starts what is meant to be 3 songs in one. It builds with Deryck Deryck and the guiters starting quietly before it's all turned up to 11 andDeryck starts screaming in an emotional chorus, as is quite common, the song then unpredictably drops into almost whispers again before a metal riff and loud drumming dominate the bridge. The song ends with a slow, heavy anthemic, few lines which roll straight into...

'Sick Of Everyone' which has strong, quick instrumental opening. The chorus is again, heavy yet catchy like 'Jessica Kill'. Sounds like it could have been on Chuck. Deryck's ability to drift between shouting and singng seamlessly is utilised more on SBM, and works brilliantly.

'Happiness Machines' is a newer sound for the band, the chorus is not too unusual, with a mid-tempo, kinda catchy melody. The verses are quite slow and grungey. The bridge starts with a metal riff and builds back into a the chorus, a clever way to keep the song fresh.

'Crash' is the most tender moment on the album. But is does not detract from the album's intensity. Most probably written about the end of Deryck's relationship with Avril Lavigne, it is slow, piano-driven and gentle. It is transitions from heavy moments in the album to softer stuff like 'Crash' which make this album so much more interesting as a listen, since the switch in tempo never comes across as contrived, like it did a little in UH (for example, 'Ma Poubelle'). The lyrics are mature and heart-felt. A very sad song, but beautifully written.

'Blood In My Eyes' again amps up the ferocity with another album highlight. Starting slowly with a single guitar line, the song then starts to chug along with another superb riff, reminiscent of Chuck, the verses flow between soft and hard, the chorus is catchy and very easy to sing along to, though not showing the pop-influence of some other songs. The bridge is absolutely fantastic. Truly a new sound fr Sum 41, it is sporadic, bass driven and totally unnecessary, but it is moments like that which keep you on your toes as a listener, culminating with a riff tailor-made for headbanging.

'Baby You Don't Wanna Know' returns to the indie sound of 'Time For You To Go'. Another catchy riff, upbeat tempo and some background guitars which could be off an Oasis album. Unexpectedly, it works. Just enough energy and distortion to sound like The Sums and offering a little more diversity to the album.

'Back Where I Belong' is heavy, fast and sounds like it could be something off Does This Look Infected. Not particularly catchy but a good angry song, with the almost obligatory drop to a slow quiet section swiftly followed by some heavy guitars and another chorus.

'Exit Song' is an outro really. The lyrics are poigniant and somber. Acoutically-driven and a little dreamy. It sums up the topics running throughout the album of romantic-decay, reminiscing and meloncholy.

The album works fantastically well and never really drops in intensity, while most songs have their own inbuilt diversity. It encapsulates Sum 41's ability to write heavy songs, full of passion and anger whilst retaining a lot of the melodic and catchy elements which made All Killer No Filler so endearing. Deryck is on top form vocally and lyrically, showing a new-found maturity and must also be commended for self-producing the album. I expected a strong return from these boys, but the album has surpassed all my expectations.

Tracks to download?
Skumf*k
Time For You To Go
Jessica Kill
Sick Of Everyone
Crash
Blood In My Eyes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 11 May 2012
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I bought this as something of a punt, but was blown away by the quality of this album.

It has touches of MCR and the renewed Green Day style 'rock opera' albums, but is by no means a plastic homage in an atempt to cash in. If you liked 'Black Parade', 'American Idiot' and '21st Century Breakdown', you WILL like this!

It is a true album, in that it is best listened to as a whole rather than in parts, but then it is an album, so those of an MP3/Ipod disposition may not have the patience, but you know what, that's their/(your?) problem!

I loved these guys when I was growing up, but worried this would just be an old hands playing it safe kind of affair, but they firmly put me in my place!

Not as 'punky' as their old stuff, but more grown up. No refunds if you disagree with me, but I bet you won't!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 12 April 2011
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Whilst I seem to be the only person in the world who loved "Underclass Hero" (especially Speak of the Devil, which may actually fit better in SBM) I have to say "Screaming Bloody Murder" is a definite improvement.
A definite return to the heavier tones explored in Chuck and a step away from the more pop punk Underclass hero, Sum 41 have, in my view, created their best album yet.
To use the oft used cliche when referring to bands like Blink and Sum 41 they have definitely "matured" with this album.
If you like Sum 41 you'll like it. If you like chuck you'll love it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sums are back, with the fast and aggressive style we missed, 6 April 2011
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For me, Sum 41 defined the fast and aggressive style of Punk rock with Does this Look Infected? and Chuck.
Needless to say, i was disappointed when they went back to their Pop Punk ways with Underclass Hero,
which was also less than satisfying inside its own genre.

Now, the Sums have finally started moving forwards again by continuing what Does this Look Infected and Chuck started.
Many of the tracks got slow parts, which most of time, kind of feels a bit tacked on, and is kind of a mood-breaker,
making you wish they just kept their foot on the speed-pedal.
Still, it's a solid return well worth the wait.
I can definitely recommend it if you liked their previous albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sum 41 Return, 14 Aug 2012
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After the awful Underclass Hero which returned Sum 41 to their punk pop roots, they now go the opposite way and make their stab at the dreaded "mature" album. However they make a very decent attempt although it its not without flaws.

Let's start with the good:
Screaming Bloody Murder - awesome, angry first single with relentless beat
Skumf*k - Much the same as SBM with the same annoying quiet intro but that doesnt stop it being raging, fast punk rock
Jessica Kill - The best song on the album with a chorus similar to Still Waiting and lyrics of lust. Doesn't lose any energy thanks to the lack of the stupid floaty intro on the previous two.
Sick Of Everyone - Very dark, heavy and catchy however slightly ruined by the cliched lyric "and I don't feel remorse for the forgotten".
Blood In My Eyes - The angriest of the lot with pounding chorus and angry lyrics.

The mediocre:
Reason To Believe - Kind of attempti9ng to be epic and cliched opening but fun
Time For You To Go - Indie and dance influenced however not as good as the previous tracks
Happiness Machines - Very unusual for Sum 41 and sweet but not outstanding
Baby You Dont Wanna Know - Very similar to TFYTG but sounds unlike Sum 41 and like a sellout however still catchy and fun
Back Where I Belong - Heavier Sums but not catchy enough

The bad:
Holy Image Of Lies - One word: dull
Crash - HOrrible attempt to write al love song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Album of the Year (2011), 6 Nov 2011
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In my opinion, albums like this one doesn't come out anymore!
It's pure rock, pure energy, pure emotion, pure music!
I'm sure anyone who loves rock music will love this album!
You must listen to it, because I have never expected to love this album that much and now my music player counts more than 200 plays for most of the songs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sum 41, 21 Sep 2011
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John Halton (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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Simply the best CD I have bought this year.

Those who dipped their toes in the water, and many did, with Fat Lip, then dismissed Sum 41 as formulaic US Pop Punk have been proved so wrong. In Undercalss Hero and Screaming Bloody Murder they have released two albums worthy of a place in any rock fans collection.

There are already excellent track by track reviews on here, so this is simply a ringing endorsement to buy SBM, you won't be disappointed. It's right up there with Green Day's American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, but without the complicated back-story.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a... reason to believe.... this album R-o-c-k-s !, 31 Mar 2011
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Mr. M. RALPH "ralph_109" (U.K - KENT) - See all my reviews
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...Because it Does !

Sum 41 - welcome us back with a stunning album named - 'Screaming Bloody Murder!' -
Deryck and co. have really gone to town with this outing. Every track has a purpose, super riffs and funky lyrics.
This being their 5th album - i would put this highly in the top 3 (if not 1st) alongside 'does this look infected?' and the classic 'all killer no filler'.
Tracks too look out for are -

*screaming bloody murder
*skumf*k
*holy image of lies
*blood in my eyes

if your a fan of the Sum - then buy it straighty away - its awesome - you wont be let down ! :D
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! :), 1 Sep 2011
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Have bought all of Sum 41's Cd's and this was just as great as all the others! :)must be bought!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 5 Jan 2012
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I love it. Its amazing. Another great album. Highly recommend buying the CD copy as you can use it in cars, copy it to computers and then re sell it after wards. Plus digital copies are not as good as the old fashioned CD.
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