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Sum 41 haven't been complete layabouts these last few weeks. Besides searching for the perfect pad Thai, they've also been working on not just a new album, but a new sound and a new direction that will redefine the band and attract new fans — perhaps at the expense of alienating old ones.

It's like shopping for new school clothes; you're looking out for things that'll express who you are, your individuality, your personality — the person you've grown into over the summer. In Sum 41's case, they're looting their big brothers' closets for classic, jersey-sleeved tour shirts and trading in pop-punk for heavy metal.

  Sum 41 Performance
"Fat Lip"
MTV 20th Anniversary
Although Sum 41 hadn't yet graduated from diapers when The Number of the Beast and High 'N' Dry came out, their new material rings of Iron Maiden, early Def Leppard and other bands of that era. Citing Metallica as a huge influence, Sum 41 have taken their history lessons and have since passed the test by supporting metal gods Tommy Lee and ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford at MTV's 20th anniversary show.

"It's a bit of a different sound," Whibley explains. "It still sounds like Sum 41, but it's a little bit harder, [plus] better songs. In the past few years, we've done so much, we've grown a bit. We're better players."

Proof that they can pull it off has already been documented. Check out "Grab the Devil by the Horns and F--- Him up the A--," the lead track off their 2000 debut, Half Hour of Power, or "Pain for Pleasure" from All Killer No Filler. As whimsical as those songs were, sore-thumbing it next to traditional pop-punk fare, the metal licks were apparent once the tongues were out of their cheeks.

 Steve Jocz explains his desire for more metal on the new album
 "On the last album, the only metal thing we did was 'Pain for Pleasure,'" Jocz says.  "On this one we want to incorporate metal into the whole thing, or at least in some parts." As proof, the band offers up tracks bearing the working titles of "Hell Song" and "Mr. Amsterdam." Whibley says the latter, a marriage between Iron Maiden and Rancid, is about an embittered man, which seems strange coming from a group whose happy-go-lucky aura is nearly blinding.

"'Mr. Amsterdam' is sort of about a guy who hates everything, very bitter person who kind of hates the world," he explains. "He's against the world."

The thrash rhythms of "Mr. Amsterdam" are unusually fast and fuzzy, while the drums propel the tune to an ever-higher velocity. But when the ominous, down-tuned riffs come in, it's apparent that this isn't the Sum 41 we're used to. Other songs carry tentative titles such as "Thanks for Nothing," "Still Waiting," "Billy Spleen," "Hyper," "All Messed Up" and "Food." As inspiration throughout the recording process, a figurine of Maiden's mascot, Eddie, stands on the mixing board.


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 Sum 41 Play New Studio Tracks



 "Fat Lip"
Live From MTV 20th
All Killer No Filler
(UNI/Island)



 "What We're All About"
Motivation
(Uptown/Island)



 "Motivation"
All Killer No Filler
(UNI/Island)



 "In Too Deep"
All Killer No Filler
(UNI/Island)



 "Fat Lip"
All Killer No Filler
(UNI/Island)



 "Makes No Difference"
Half Hour Of Power
(UNI/Island)


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