Sum 41’s latest album, Order in Decline might be the band’s best record to date. Once a pop punk band, the Canadian act’s latest album is more comparable to a hard rock/metal album with a couple of ballads. Then, as far as records in that vein go, it’s the best I’ve heard in a long time. The song writing is exceptional and as good as it is, the recording and the production of the record is even better.
If you’ve ever been a fan of Sum 41, you know that their roots in metal have never been that far off. Despite launching as a pop punk act, the band met at a metal show and has a lot of roots in the genre. Order in Decline shows off how good the band is as a unit. Derek Whebley is an underrated guitarist and as a vocalist he’s still as distinctive as he was twenty years ago. Dave Baksh, Tom Thacker, Jason McCaskin, and Frank Zummo are all tremendous on guitars/bass/drums too. The production, mixing, mastering and everything on this record are all exceptional.
Almost every song on this record is solid. There are a couple of lulls, “Heads Will Roll” is a little too much in the realm of My Chemical Romance and feels a little forced, other than that the band hits all the right notes. The hard stuff is all great and the two ballads are awesome.
Sum 41’s Order In Decline proves a lot. Most people assumed that their best music was well behind them; not just in albums but singles too. This record might be the band’s best yet, it feels like their most complete for sure. If you’re an old fan of the band, it’s cool to hear them on top of their game.