Screaming Bloody Murder

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Screaming Bloody Murder
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Studio album by Sum 41
Released March 29, 2011[1]
Recorded January 26 – June 24, 2010
Studio Perfect Sound Studios, Capitol Studios, EastWest Studios, Studio Mr. Biz, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Length 48:36
Label Island
Producer Deryck Whibley
Sum 41 chronology
Underclass Hero
(2007)Underclass Hero2007
Screaming Bloody Murder
13 Voices
(2016)13 Voices2016
Singles from Screaming Bloody Murder
  1. "Screaming Bloody Murder"
    Released: February 7, 2011
  2. "Baby You Don't Wanna Know"
    Released: August 3, 2011

Screaming Bloody Murder is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on March 29, 2011, after many delays. It is the band's second album produced by frontman Deryck Whibley. It is the band's last album to be released on Island Records before they had fulfilled their contract with the major label in 2016 and their first album not to be released on Aquarius Records, which they left in 2010. The album has received mixed reviews.

It is the last album to be released with longtime original drummer, Steve Jocz before he announced leaving the band in April 2013 and also the second and last album without lead guitarist Dave Baksh before his return in 2015.[6] It is also the first album to feature Gob guitarist Tom Thacker. Even though Thacker was already a part of the band and co-wrote the title track of the album, all guitars were still recorded by singer Deryck Whibley. Thacker was also uncredited in the album's liner notes, though he was seen in photos with the band in the album's booklet.


Deryck Whibley in Kubana 2012.

The band initially entered the studio in late 2008 with plans to record an EP for release in April 2009, though as more and more material was written, they have decided to keep writing and make the recording a full-length album, with Deryck Whibley commenting that "it's safe to say the album will be released in 2009", though it was fast announced by Jason McCaslin and Steve Jocz not to expect the album any sooner than Summer 2010.

In November 2009, it was announced that the band hired legendary British producer Gil Norton to produce the album, and that they would begin pre-production in December, and would begin recording the album in January 2010. The recording did begin in January 2010, but Gil Norton was dismissed one week into the recording, with Deryck Whibley deciding to produce the album himself, just as he did on the band's last effort Underclass Hero.

Recording of instruments began on January 26, 2010, and finished on March 17, 2010, after which only vocals were left to record by Whibley himself in his home studio. Drums were recorded at Capitol Studios and Perfect Sound Studios, after which the band rented a house at the Hollywood Hills which served as their recording studio. Vocals were recorded until late March, when the band relocated to EastWest Studios, on April 7, 2010, to record additional songs for the album. On June 12, 2010, Deryck reported in a video update that the album was "99% done". Recording was finalized on June 24, 2010, a day before the band went on to play on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. While playing the Warped Tour, the album went into the mixing stage by Tom Lord-Alge in Miami, Florida.

It was announced that a new song entitled "Skumfuk" was set to appear on the Warped Tour sampler CD, though it eventually wasn't ready for release in time. On July 6, 2010, the track was leaked online, in a non-final form. The song began rising in popularity online, which led Sum 41 to start playing it live on their European tour in October. It was later announced that the band would release a 12-minute section from the album (later entitled 'A Dark Road Out of Hell', consisting of tracks 7 – 9 of the final album) for free on their website before the official release. However, this release was later denied by the band's label. It was later revealed on the back of the album that 'A Dark Road Out of Hell' was indeed true, comprising tracks 7–9 entitled Holy Image of Lies, Sick of Everyone, and Happiness Machine.

In December 2010, Jason McCaslin confirmed that the album would finally go into mastering, and that though the album had essentially been ready for months, Island Records decided to postpone its release until after Christmas.


Deryck Whibley in Moscow on September 11, 2010.

On January 8, 2011, it was announced that the band would release the radio single "Screaming Bloody Murder" on February 7, 2011 in the United States.[7][8] The song had its worldwide premiere on January 14, 2011, on the Windsor radio station 89X.[9] Universal Japan has confirmed on the official Japanese Sum 41 website, that Screaming Bloody Murder will be released in Japan on March 23, 2011, after which it was confirmed on the band's official website that the album be released on March 29, 2011, in the US.[10] On February 28, 2011, a stream of "Blood In My Eyes", another new song from the album, was released for free listening on Alternative Press.[11] Universal Music Japan then announced that they postponed release date of the album in Japan because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, until April 6, 2011. On March 24, 2011, Island Records started streaming the record in its entirety on the band's official website.

"Baby You Don't Wanna Know" was the album's second single in the UK and Europe only.[12] On June 22, 2011, during the band's performance in Angers, France, the band debuted the song live for the first time.[13] Sum 41 shot a music video for "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" in June.[14] In July 2011, Matt Whibley confirmed that the music video for the first single "Screaming Bloody Murder" would be left unreleased due to its content and difficulties with the label.[15] On August 3, 2011, the band premiered the music video for "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" exclusively on German website[16]

On February 29, 2012, the band shot a music video for "Blood In My Eyes", with director Michael Maxxis in Los Angeles.[17] The video was shot in the desert around the Los Angeles area.[18]


Current lead guitarist, Tom Thacker in Moscow on September 11, 2010.

"Screaming Bloody Murder", the band's first single in 3 years, was released on February 8, 2011 in the United States.[19][20]> It was released a day earlier, on February 7, in Europe. The song was released as a digital download only on iTunes, and other music retailers.[21] The song had its worldwide premiere, a month before the official release, on January 13, 2011, on the Detroit area radio station 89X.[22] It then premiered on AOL Radio, a few hours later the same day.[23]

The band performed the song live for the first time on February 4, 2011, in Paris, France, the first date of their first official European leg of the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour. It was performed at every show of the album's tour

The songs "Screaming Bloody Murder" and "Skumfuk" were performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 31, 2011.[24] "Screaming Bloody Murder" was also performed on Lopez Tonight on April 14, 2011.

"Baby You Don't Wanna Know", along with "Time for You to Go", was one of the two songs that were written and recorded by the band at the last minute, on April 7, 2010, at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California.[25] The song, co-written by Matt Squire, was added to the album at the last minute and its recording was funded by Deryck Whibley himself, as the label refused to pay for any more songs for the album.

As said by Todd Morse on the album's making-of documentary, Don't Try This at Home, the song's style was more in the vein of classic rock and "straight-up-rock and roll", taking influence from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, as opposed to all the other songs that were written during 2008–2009, that resulted in a more "dark" alternative rock style.

In an interview with the band during their European tour in July 2011, the band has commented that they considered releasing either "Blood in My Eyes" or "Back Where I Belong" as the second single, but opted to release "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" instead, as it was more radio friendly. It is also on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Green Lantern.

The band performed the song live for the first time on June 22, 2011, in Angers, France, during the band's summer European leg of the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour. The song was since then performed at various other concerts, and although being an official single, the band does not perform it on every date. It was performed on and off until August 2011, and was not played again when the band resumed the tour in 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[27]
Entertainment Weekly(C+)[30]
IGN8/10 stars[31]
Rock Sound7/10 stars[32]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[33]
Alternative Press2.5/5 stars[34]

The album has received generally mixed reviews since its release.[35] In the site Metacritic, the album received a score of 47/100 based on 8 reviews. Many critics have compared the album to the works of Green Day and My Chemical Romance.

Jonah Bayer critic Alternative Press, said: "While we believe Sum 41 has the potential to succeed without the power chords, the fact that only a handful of musical ideas are fully developed in the album is a frustrating experience to listen ". Rock Sound critic remarked: " It is no longer a phenomenon but, Sum 41 have continued to mature as a pretty good band." On the other hand, there were harsh criticism from Jared Ponton critic Sputnikmusic, calling the album "Revolting, messy, lazy, and undeniably Sum 41, Screaming Bloody Murder is a dead band moaning in its grave. Any highlights here more or less just belong to other, better bands, or even Sum 41 themselves from the past, which makes you wonder if Whibley and his buddies really learned anything from the disaster that was Underclass Hero.".[36]

Grace Duffy of Under The Gun said:

Along with this review, Shakefire, Ultimate-Guitar and IGN all welcomed the album as Sum 41's greatest album, citing that they have given up the humour in songs and actually become a very good band.


Sum 41 was nominated for the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the song "Blood in My Eyes", but they lost to Foo Fighters.[38]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 31 on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 15,000 copies. As of October 2016, the album has sold 52,000 copies.[39]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Deryck Whibley, except where noted.[40][41]

1."Reason to Believe"3:28
2."Screaming Bloody Murder" (Deryck Whibley, Tom Thacker)3:24
4."Time for You to Go"3:01
5."Jessica Kill"2:50
6."What Am I to Say"4:12
7."Holy Image of Lies" (A Dark Road Out of Hell: Part I)3:47
8."Sick of Everyone" (A Dark Road Out of Hell: Part II)3:05
9."Happiness Machine" (A Dark Road Out of Hell: Part III)4:48
11."Blood in My Eyes"4:16
12."Baby You Don't Wanna Know" (Deryck Whibley, Matt Squire[42])3:34
13."Back Where I Belong"3:41
14."Exit Song"1:42
Total length:48:36


Sum 41Additional musicians
  • James Levine – piano on "Crash"
  • Dan Chase – percussion on "Holy Image of Lies", "Sick of Everyone" and "Happiness Machine"
  • Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. – additional keyboards & piano (uncredited)
  • Tom Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing (tracks 6 & 13)
  • Femio Hernández - mixing assistant
  • Nik Karpen - mixing assistant
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Gil Norton – additional drums production (uncredited)
  • Ryan Hewitt – engineering
  • Jason Donaghy - engineering
  • Travis Huff – additional engineering
  • Joe Hirst – additional engineering
  • Robbes Steiglitz - assistant engineering
  • Ben O'Neil - assistant engineering
  • Ken Sluiter - assistant engineering
  • Brad Townsend - mixdown engineering
  • Andrew Schubert - mixdown engineering
  • Evan Lipschultz – A&R
  • Javon Greene – A&R
  • Kristen Yiengst – artwork, photo coordination
  • James Minchin – photography
  • Paul Resta - marketing
  • Kristen Yiengst - artwork, photo coordination
  • Marjan Malakpour - stylist


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Australia Top 50 Digital Albums[43] 11
Australia Top 50 Physical Albums[44] 18
Australian Albums Chart[45] 16
Austrian Albums Chart[46] 23
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[47] 75
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[47] 64
Canadian Albums Chart[48] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[49] 100
France Albums Chart[50] 25
German Albums Chart[51] 23
Italian Albums Chart 72
Japanese Albums Chart[52] 7
Spain Albums Chart[53] 35
Swiss Albums Chart[54] 21
UK Albums Chart[55] 66
UK Rock Albums[56] 5
U.S. Billboard 200[57] 31
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[58] 5
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[59] 5
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[60] 15

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Australia March 24, 2011
Germany March 28, 2011
New Zealand
Canada March 29, 2011
United Kingdom
United States
Argentina March 30, 2011
Japan April 6, 2011


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