Sum 41 – ‘Order In Decline’ album review

Band: Sum 41
Album: Order In Decline
Release Date: 19 July, 2019
Label: Hopeless Records



Review by Sean

It’s Sum 41, Jim, but not as we know it. I don’t know what happened to these guys over the years, but this is not the pop punk joviality I remember from my youth. This is actually quite a decent hard rock album. If it wasn’t for the fact I know exactly who it is, I’d be recommending a new band to look out for. And yet, the more I listen to it, the more I like it. It absolutely gets better with every listen.

It’s weird, if I’m honest. Kind of like walking through a portal to Bizarro world. At some points sounding like that odd mid 00’s hard rock sound every band had (think Wolfmother etc.), some points honest to goodness punk, it’s an album that shows they’re not kids any more, and actually have something relevant to say. There’s political points scoring aplenty here alongside the tracks about how live has changed, in particular my album favourite ‘The People Vs…”.

I know that there’ll be people that will dismiss the album, purely because it fucks with their nostalgia, but I also know that there will be people that will hear this album, and like me, will be pleasantly surprised and impressed. It’s energetic and fiery in a different way to those early albums. There’s a real sense of maturity, and while I’d still mark out hang the classics live, is also love it if they toured this album in full. Maybe chick in some heavier old songs ( looking at you Hell Song) as well.

A sad note for me, there’s no ‘Pain for Pleasure’ track on here, but we can’t have everything. Instead, I’ll take the more adult sounding tracks like opener ‘Turning Away’, ‘A Death In The Family’, or album closer ‘Catching Fire’. They all showcase just how different the band are now, but in the best way possible. Give this album a chance, you might just like it.

For a closing statement, I’ll say this. Never did I ever think that a band like Sum 41 would be more on the pulse politically than Bad Religion, but with this album they’ve managed it. I find myself wanting to listen to it again and again, and each time I hear more that I didn’t last time. I get more involved. I think I’m getting In Too Deep. Help.

9 out of 10



Track Listing:
01. Turning Away
02. Out For Blood
03. The New Sensation
04. A Death In The Family
05. Heads Will Roll
06. 45 (A Matter Of Time)
07. Never There
08. Eat You Alive
09. The People Vs…
10. Catching Fire