Release Date: Jul 19, 2019
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
Building upon the evolved sound and lyrical maturity of 2016's 13 Voices, Canadian punks Sum 41 unleash a topical rage brought upon by world affairs on 2019's fiery Order in Decline. Produced, mixed, engineered, and written by frontman Deryck Whibley, this seventh full-length is laser-focused and angry as hell, taking multiple shots at a certain United States president without ever explicitly wasting any breath on his name. Decrying division and a society seemingly on the verge of moral collapse, this is one of Sum 41's most earnest and thoughtful statements to date, a compact burst that recalls a wide swath of influences ranging from Linkin Park to Bad Religion to Muse.
But still, we're trying one more time Just so you know You meant the world to us, I know that it's too late But all I want's another chance It takes an overbearing amount of politeness not to bash the post-Chuck Sum 41 era. Underclass Hero aimed to create the band's very own American Idiot - a political commentary on the Bush white house that didn't pull any punches and even clamored for the death of the president (a move that led to deportation threats by that administration). Behind all the political noise was a very average pop-rock album that seemed to borrow too much from Green Day and Blink-182 styled balladry instead of chasing the aggressive edge that fans of Chuck celebrated.