A New Spin On Old Style
Sum 41â€šÃ„Ã´s new record, Chuck, is as much a new direction as it is an 80â€šÃ„Ã´s metal tribute album. While their other albums were more poppy and Blink 182-esque, this one has a metal influence to it. No, not Korn, Limp Bizkit or any nu-metal band, but more of a style akin to Judas Priest, older Metallica, and other 80â€šÃ„Ã´s metal. The first song, â€šÃ„ÃºNo Reasonâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is more akin to previous Sum 41 efforts – poppy and fast with slightly off-key vocals. Once â€šÃ„ÃºWeâ€šÃ„Ã´re All to Blameâ€šÃ„Ã¹ kicks in, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a different ballgame. Dark, brooding bass lines and heavy guitar riffs are present on many of the tracks. The only thing familiar is Deryckâ€šÃ„Ã´s vocals and the gang-chorus backup.
Songs like â€šÃ„ÃºSlipping Awayâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºPiecesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ help to change the pace, with acoustic guitar parts and simple yet clever melodies. Once these tracks pass, Sum 41 kicks right back in, giving us a sampling of heavy metal inspired music.
Does it work? Somewhat. While the music is a much higher caliber than their previous efforts, the strong clashing of the vocals doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t always seem to work. A song such as â€šÃ„ÃºAngels With Dirty Facesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ seems lacking, whereas â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m not the Oneâ€šÃ„Ã¹ works extremely well, mixing pop-punk and metal.
Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s good to see a band showing their roots and, while not a perfect album, these Canadians show their love of metal. Sum 41 fans will love it, and newcomers who love older-style metal may like it as well.