Anybody who has followed the story of punk-pop outfit Sum 41 over the past year or so has probably done so with baited breath. When frontman Deryck Whibley announced on Facebook that he had been hospitalised due to kidney and liver failure that meant he had to re-learn how to walk and play guitar, it probably crossed many fans’ minds that this was possibly the end of Sum 41.

Thankfully not. Sum 41 have just announced that they will be releasing their new album, 13 Voices, on October 7 2016. This is the band’s first studio outing since 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder, and the first since the return of former lead guitarist Dave Baksh (who previously departed the band ten years ago, in 2006).

From our experience, the best music usually comes from hardship and places of difficulty. As hardships go, Whibley’s health scare and hospital stint are likely to be among the hardest – meaning we could theoretically be looking forward to some of the band’s most explosive material since their hit All Killer No Filler. This is reinforced by Whibley’s own profound comments on the album, with him saying the new material “represents the journey I’ve been on throughout the process of making this record. I had to fall in order to rise, and nothing feels better than to have something you love that you had to really fight for. I can honestly say that 13 Voices saved my life and I cannot wait to share it with all of you.”

By Tom Roden

Prolific writer, full-time insomniac and caffeine-blooded workaholic. Music deputy editor and quality control officer for VultureHound.