Sum 41 has been teasing us with new singles of their upcoming album, 13 Voices. The first single, Fake My Own Death was a bit of a change, but, I liked it. The second one, War, also felt somewhat different in the beginning, but in the end also still ok. But now they released God Save Us All (Death to POP). And this one just felt plain weird to me.
When listening to the beginning of their new single God Save Us All (Death to POP) you immediately feel the influences of Linkin Park. And I'm not sure if that's a good thing. After Underclass Hero the band took a sharp turn. With the release of Screaming Bloody Murder there were a lot more heavy songs whilst before there was always a good mix between pop punk and the heavier stuff. The upcoming albums seems to have gotten rid of the former.
However, the change with Screaming Bloody Murder wasn't really bad. It felt good to me. I was instantly sold and it really felt like Sum 41. But now with the release of their last single of 13 Voices I'm not sure what to think. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Linkin Park and Sum 41, but I don't like the Linkin Park feeling in this new song. I think I was hoping for more heavy stuff like we had on Screaming Bloody Murder or even some more poppy/punk stuff like in the early days. But instead, it seems like we're getting radio songs?
As a long term Sum 41, I'm slightly disappointed with the new direction the band seems to be going. However, we still have to wait a few more days for the full release of their new album. Maybe it's just this song, maybe I'll like it after I played it a bit more, I don't know. We'll see!