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Sum 41

Formed in Ajax, Ontario in 1996, Sum 41 was formed from several formerly rival bands. They all came together 41 days intothe summer beforetheirsenior year of high school, and formed their own band. Their name came from this 41 day period.All ofthe band members have an affinity fortroublemaking, and it's no surprise they fit that right into their image once the band wasformed. Most notable is Deryck's criminal record, thoughallmembers participate in the band's escapades. Among thoseactivities are: prank calling ex-members, egging houses, and breaking glass at theirhotelswith BB guns. No ...read more

Formed in Ajax, Ontario in 1996, Sum 41 was formed from several formerly rival bands. They all came together 41 days intothe summer beforetheirsenior year of high school, and formed their own band. Their name came from this 41 day period.All ofthe band members have an affinity fortroublemaking, and it's no surprise they fit that right into their image once the band wasformed. Most notable is Deryck's criminal record, thoughallmembers participate in the band's escapades. Among thoseactivities are: prank calling ex-members, egging houses, and breaking glass at theirhotelswith BB guns. No surprise that all themembers have been arrested at least once.Despite that early start, they wouldn't get their first album outuntilfour years later,signing to Island Records in 1999. Half Hour of Power made it abundantly clear this band was in the business to make musicandhavea blast doing it. From the metal influences of their childhood, to the poppy and sometimes trashy lyrics, the bandclearly enjoyed doing whattheywere doing.It took them four years to get it out, but that album immediately propelled the bandinto the mainstream. Although it was notasprominent on the radio as their next release, there were a few songs that got someradio play and began to get the band widespreadmainstreamrecognition.The album is occupied by the same post-Green Daysound that would soon bring the band fame, and showcases the sense ofhumor that'sone of Sum 41's trademarks. The band'sother asset, a seemingly inexhaustible supply of youthful energy, is present throughout thisrelease aswell.With that releaseshowing signs of promise, the band quickly released the pop-punk album All Killer No Filler. "Fat Lip" was rolling outontheairwaves (including MTV and TRL) and propelling the band's career forward at an amazing pace. Even with that behind it,they still put outseveralother singles off the album, and "In Too Deep" was another popular and successful radio hit.The GreenDay influence in this band is almostasprevalent as the metal influences. Deryck is definitely a huge Green Day fan, and at thesame time, "Fat Lip" talks about their influences IronMaidenand Judas Priest, two influential heavy metal bands. This albumwas a mix of those two influences, though they would soon begin to embracetheirmetal side more in their later releases.Laterthat year, the band participated in a tribute to the band Metallica and shocked haters of the band withawhat was perceived tobe a flawless rendition of "Master of Puppets". Many of the people who had previously dismissed the band astalentlesssawSum 41 in a new light due to that performance.Their next release, in 2002, was Does This Look Infected?. Thoughthe singles "Hell Song" and"StillWaiting" were not recieved as well as "Fat Lip" on the radio, most fans embraced this albumand shift in sound. Showcasing the punk tuneslike"A.N.I.C." and metal-based songs like "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condrioid", thisalbum presented a that was growing its sound. This also began an eraofheavy touring, and the band has since played over 200shows worldwide.The band's next release has quite a story behind it. Sum 41 was in theCongohelping to film a documentarythat covered the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(which has not yet been released). On thefifthday of thetrip, they came under fire when fighting erupted. Bullets flying by their heads, the band was forced to evacuate, and the nameof theU.N.worker who saved their lives is Chuck Pelletier, which is where the album gets its name, Chuck.The release is mostnotable for its shift to anevenstronger metal focus. "Though The Bitter End" was criticized in some circles for being a completeMetallica ripoff (of the song "Battery"), but itisdescribed by the band as a tribute to Metallica. Their first single, "We're All ToBlame", managed to appealed to many mainstream rockers. Thisalbumalso alienated many fans who sought the poppier soundof the previous albums, and the band drew some criticism for trying to jumpbetweengenres.In May 2006, Lead Guitarist andBacking Vocalist "Dave Baksh" (Brown Sound). Left the Band, to focus on a new project. "BrownBrigade", aclassical HeavyMetal band. This was reportedly no surprise to the band members, as he was lacking in creativity in the band since "AllKiller NoFiller",but came as a huge shock to fans. Dave Baksh was sick of this life, and had changed musically. He insists there is nobad bloodbetween the bandmembers. Despite rumors of Avril Lavigne joining the band, Sum41 have decided not to replacehim. Also, Lead Singer DeryckWhibley warns the fans,they are still working on their new album, and will be their best one todate. It has just been released and they weren't lying. It seriously kicks ass. « hide

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LPs
13 Voices
2016

2.6
230 Votes
Screaming Bloody Murder
2011

2.5
553 Votes
Underclass Hero
2007

2.6
906 Votes
Chuck
2004

3.6
1,351 Votes
Does This Look Infected?
2002

3.5
1,230 Votes
All Killer No Filler
2001

3.5
1,425 Votes
EPs
Chuck Acoustic
2005

3.4
20 Votes
Does This Look Infected Too?
2003

3.6
16 Votes
Motivation
2002

3.5
52 Votes
Half Hour Of Power
2000

3.1
431 Votes
Live Albums
Go Chuck Yourself
2006

3.6
108 Votes
Compilations
All The Good Shit
2009

3.6
56 Votes

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