The years prior to Sum 41’s comeback were a very dark time for frontman Deryk Whibley.
Now having overcome addiction and subsequent health problems and reunited with original guitarist Dave Baksh, the Canadian’s sixth full-length is an ambitious and intensely personal affair.
Orchestral instrumentation weaves between lyrics shaped by Whibley’s personal problems resulting in a moody listen. There are moments of light that break through the darkness. ‘War’ and ‘Twisted By Design’ are headstrong anthems of perseverance, but for all the album’s heart and scope it does suffer from a lack of fire and fun that made their earlier releases such big successes.