With their third album (which is self-titled) Epic Records due out on on April 26th, 2011, the band has debuted the first single “Steal Your Heart”. Take a listen to it below and let us know what you think! The new album was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jacquire King, who is known for his work with Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, among others.
Frontman Dan Layus on the album:
“The creative and musical progression of this record feels like the most true expression of who this band is in its most basic form. We worked really hard to bring the sound to a new frontier, but not so far that it lost that sense of organic sensibility. “
The track-listing for Augustana:
1. Steal Your Heart
2. Wrong Side Of Love
3. On The Other Side
4. Counting Stars
5. Borrowed Time
6. Shot In The Dark
7. Someone’s Baby Now
9. Just Stay Here Tonight
10. It Only Means I Love You (You Were Made For Me)
Reviewed by: Ryan Labbe
Many bands come to a point in their career when they try something different from their past efforts, and show they’ve matured as musicians and lyricists. Despite Sum 41’s last album, Underclass Hero,” which many fans felt was a forgettable regression, Sum 41, comprised of Deryck Whibley ( lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards, piano), Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Jocz (drums, percussion) are back and trying to make good with their fifth album, Screaming Bloody Murder. It’s no longer simply about power chords and fast drumming. Screaming Bloody Murder is 14 tracks displaying everything from screeching guitars and pounding drums to acoustic guitars strumming alongside a somber piano.
The album begins with “Reason to Believe,” which showcases a strong, marching heavy-metal like intro that gives way to an edgy pop-punk chorus, not unlike the kind we’ve come to expect from Sum 41. The song feels more like an introduction than a cohesive song. After hearing the remainder of the album, it’s clear that “Reason to Believe” is a fitting choice for the opening track, as it has all the elements you can expect from other 13 tracks: dirty heavy metal riffs, mid-tempo ballads, quiet breakdowns, and strong pop-punk melodies.
Next up is the album’s title track, and first single. As the name might suggest, it’s an aggressive song, and perhaps the song most reminiscent of classic Sum 41. It’s a rare day that I claim the single is the strongest track on an album, but today is that day. “Screaming Bloody Murder” begins with a mid-tempo piano-driven intro. Whibley sings, “I’m not quite myself these days/I guess we all come undone time to time in different ways.” In come the pounding drums and scathing guitar riff that make the song a good choice for a first single. McCaslin’s bassline moves the song along, muted guitars join and the chorus explodes in true Sum 41 fashion. “Tear me open I believe/God will send you all to bleed,” screams Whibley, “And no one can deceive/what it’s meant to be/ a Bloody Murder we will scream!”
“Blood in My Eyes” starts off with an eerie guitar intro, and gives way to a really fun heavy metal riff that you makes you believe it when Sum 41 once proclaimed that “Maiden and Priest were the Gods that we praised.” The verse is quiet, subdued, and the chorus is fairly forgettable, but when they go back to the heavy riff, it makes things all better. After the second chorus, Sum 41 break into a fast, furious heavy metal riff that is the main reason this song deserves multiple listens.
Other highlights include “Jessica Kills,” another fully charged rocker from top to bottom with a strong low-end that drives the song towards a sonic chorus, and Whibley’s aggressive screams in top form. “All Comes to an End”, when it gets going, reminds me of something from My Chemical Romance. It’s fast, energetic, has a great chorus, but just doesn’t sound like Sum 41 to me.
The somber “Over Now” is a song about a dying person singing to their loved one. The instrumentation is subdued and simple, with only a piano and guitar. “Hold me now, cause I couldn’t even if I tried/It’s over now, I guess it really is my time,” Whibley sings during the first verse. The lyric that really stuck out to me comes at the end of the chorus: “What do you I have to do/I was supposed to grow old with you…but that ain’t gonna happen.” It’s a simple sentiment, but one that stirs emotion, and I like this song for that reason.
“Exit Song,” the final track on the album, is short slow outro. “There is nothing left to say/‘cause you don’t want to try, and I don’t want the pain,” sings Whibley. “It’s time to let you go and bow out of the game/Maybe we will find the answers through the blame.” Given Whibley’s recent divorce from fellow musician Avril Lavigne, it’s easy to see this as a possible message to her. It clocks in at less than two minutes, and is a fine, although bittersweet, way end the album.
Another item worth mentioning is the appearance of Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., one of the founding members of Jellyfish, on piano.
Screaming Bloody Murder is a decent effort, but is not without its flaws. Sum 41 could have easily cut a few tracks. “Time for You to Go” and “Baby You Don’t Wanna Know” could easily have been saved as bonus tracks, as they don’t really fit the album, and just feel like filler. Some of the choruses sound too similar and, as a result, some of tracks blended together.
Sum 41 has put together a very ambitious album, one that hits the mark at times, and falls short at other times. Sum 41 is a band that is at their best when they’re making fast, pop-punk tinged with metal. I can accept that they are maturing and evolving, and I really enjoy some of the new songs, but all in all, on Screaming Bloody Murder there’s too much filler, not enough killer, and just not enough of what I’ve come to love about Sum 41.
Tune in later this week for our full review of the album!
Duff McKagan’s Loaded have confirmed that the release date for their new album The Taking is April 19th. You can preview the track “Dead Skin” above.
McKagan once again takes front and center on lead vocals and guitars. Long time Loaded members Jeff Rouse (bassist) and Mike Squires (guitar) return along with drummer Isaac Carpenter who joined in late 2009. Recorded by Terry Date (Soundgarden, Avenged Sevenfold), the album follows the band’s 2009 debut Sick. A feature-length film, The Taking (in the style of A Hard Day’s Night crossed with The Song Remains The Same), is due this summer.
Watch the trailer for the album below:
The tracklisting is as follows:
The Taking track listing:
01. “Lords of Abaddon”
02. “Executioner’s Song”
03. “Dead Skin”
04. “We Win”
05. “Easier Lying”
06. “She’s An Anchor”
07. “Indian Summer”
08. “Wrecking Ball”
09. “King Of The World”
11. “Your Name”
12. “Follow Me To Hell”
For all the latest head over to the official website.
We’re just going to keep a running tab of holiday downloads, songs, releases that become available so check back periodically to see what’s new! (If you have a suggestion for our list, send it over firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. First Listen: Foxy Shazam covering “Heaven On Their Minds” From Jesus Christ Superstar
Foxy Shazam recorded the song for the new compilation disc Gift Wrapped Vol. II: Snowed In. The track can be purchased here.
2. Free Download: Paul Simon / Getting Ready for Christmas Day
Fans can head over to Paul Simon’s official website (or below) for a free download of the new single “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” from his upcoming Spring 2011 release So Beautiful Or So What
3. Support a great tour: Rooney Digital Christmas EP
One of our favorite bands ROONEY just recorded a Christmas EP of three cover songs: “Merry Christmas (War is Over),” “Last Christmas” and “Little Saint Nick”. The EP is being offered as a free download to anyone who purchases tickets for their upcoming tour. Deets here.
4. Support a good cause: The Organ Beats / This Christmas
One of our favorite Boston local acts, The Organ Beats, are offering up a dollar download of their song “This Christmas”. The best part? All proceeds go to the MSPCA! Do it! Buy it here.
5. First Listen: Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara on If Christmas Is Wrong I Don’t Wanna Be Right
You can stream TBS’s Adam Lazzara lending his voice to the new holiday album from The Fog Breathers titled If Christmas Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right here.
6. Video: Coldplay / Christmas Lights
Check out the video for Coldplay’s new song Christmas Lights below:
7. For a Good Cause: The Killers / Boots
The Killers have released a new tune just in time for the holidays titled “Boots”. Proceeds from the song, which you can buy via iTunes here, will benefit (RED) and help fight AIDS in Africa. For each view of the video (released to honor World AIDS Day), Starbucks will contribute five cents to the cause — views on our player below count towards the total.
7. Compilation CD: ‘Tis The Season To Be Fearless
Fearless Records has released a new Christmas compilation cd titled ‘Tis The Season To Be Fearless for the generous price of $4.99. The release features songs from The Maine, Go Radio, Breathe Carolina and more. Pick it up here.
7. For a Good Cause: Corey Taylor’s X-M@$
Slipknot/Stone Sour main main Corey Taylor has announced plans to release a Christmas single entitled X-M@$ on December 12 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Join Corey’s campaign to hit the song out of the ballpark here and get a first listen here.
8. Video: Good Charlotte Sing The 12 Days Of Christmas
Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte sing the 12 Days of Christmas for VEVO.com’s first Christmas video of the season. Check out the guys singing all 12 verses while adding in some personal touches and their signature harmonies.
If you’ve been dying to check out the soundtrack to the new TRON movie, die no more! Head over to MySpace Music to hear the exclusive preview of the original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy, composed and produced by the iconic French duo Daft Punk.
Beginning today, the stream for TRON: Legacy will be featured on the MySpace Music homepage as one single streaming 21-minute body of work showcasing the liveliest moments of the soundtrack.
Having grown up with admiration of Disney’s groundbreaking original 1982 film TRON, Daft Punk took on the scoring of the next chapter of the story with extraordinary thought and precision. The duo assembled a symphony of one hundred world-class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain’s premier scoring facility. TRON: Legacy marks Daft Punk’s first ever film score.
If you head over to MySpace Music right now you can listen to an exclusive preview of every track on Punk Goes Pop Volume 3. The tenth in the Punk Goes… series, Punk Goes Pop Volume 3 is in stores on November 2nd, 2010.
Check out Family Force 5 covering La Roux’s “Bulletproof” and Sparks The Rescue covering the Lady Antebellum tune “Need You Now”. Check out the full tracklisting below:
OFFICIAL TRACK LISTING
1. Breathe Carolina – “Down”
(originally recorded by Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne)
2. Woe, Is Me – “Hot ‘N Cold”
(originally recorded by Katy Perry)
3. Artist Vs Poet – “Bad Romance”
(originally recorded by Lady GaGa)
4. Mayday Parade – “In My Head”
(originally recorded by Jason Derülo)
5. Asking Alexandria – “Right Now (Na Na Na)”
(originally recorded by Akon)
6. This Century – “Paper Planes”
(originally recorded by M.I.A.)
7. The Word Alive – “Heartless”
(originally recorded by Kanye West)
8. Family Force 5 – “Bulletproof”
(originally recorded by La Roux)
9. Of Mice & Men – “Blame It”
(originally recorded by Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain)
10. Miss May I – “Run This Town”
(originally recorded by Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Rihanna)
11. The Ready Set – “Airplanes”
(originally recorded by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams)
12. Cute Is What We Aim For – “Dead And Gone”
(originally recorded by T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake)
13. Sparks The Rescue – “Need You Now”
(originally recorded by Lady Antebellum)
14. We Came As Romans – “My Love”
(originally recorded by Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.)
LESS THAN JAKE’s TV/EP will be released on October 12, 2010 via Sleep It Off Records. The full EP (all 16 tracks) will be available on iTunes for $6.98. Fans can pre-order it here.
Tune in next week for our review of TV/EP!
Jimmy Eat World is now revealing 60 second clips of each track off their new album, Invented (due out on September 28th). Unlock each clip from the new record by sharing with your friends. The band has also revealed their entire album artwork through their Facebook page. Go to the band’s Facebook page to “Like” their profile, then access will be granted to flip through each page of the booklet.
We brought you the news that Bon Jovi will be releasing a greatest hits album in November with a few new tunes. The band is giving fans a chance to check out one of the new tracks “What Do You Got?” now on their website. Listen to it here.