13 Voices is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on October 7, 2016 through Hopeless Records. It is Sum 41's first album as a five-piece with a new lineup, as it features both Baksh and Tom Thacker on lead guitar and backing vocals. On May 11, 2016, the band announced that they had signed to Hopeless Records to release the crowd-funded project.
On July 9, 2015, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign for its comeback album. On July 23, 2015, the band played its comeback show at the Alternative Press Music Awards, which featured former lead guitarist Dave Baksh, joining the group on stage nine years after officially leaving the band. The band announced Baksh's official return to the group through Alternative Press on August 14, 2015. On December 26, 2015, Sum 41 teased two new songs on its Instagram account. On January 1, 2016, Deryck Whibley revealed that the album was nearing completion via the band's social media.
The band performed on the 2016 Warped Tour. On April 19, 2016, Whibley published that Sum 41 was finishing the album. On May 11, 2016, Sum 41 announced its signing to Hopeless Records. On June 1, 2016, Sum 41 has announced the album will be released in the fall of 2016.
On November 26, 2012, the band members revealed that they were taking a break from touring in 2013 to begin work on a new record. On April 18, 2013, drummer Jocz announced he would be leaving the band via his official Facebook page, leaving Whibley as the sole founding member of the band. In an interview on February 7, 2014, Deryck revealed that the band has possibly found a new drummer and would be premiering new music "soon". The expected sixth album would have been the band's first with Whibley and McCaslin as the only two band members from the group's "classic line-up", until Baksh's return in 2015, which also marks his first album with band since 2004's Chuck. The album is the band's first without founding drummer Steve Jocz, and the first to feature drummer Frank Zummo, as well as their first album as a five-piece.
On May 16, 2014, Deryck Whibley posted on an entry on his personal website, explaining that he had a liver and kidney failure due to extensive drinking. He has explained that he has been in treatment in the hospital for a month, and now upon release, he will be taking care of his health, while continue working on new music. He also stated that he had some ideas for new songs already, and that the band would be soon starting to make a new album. On June 9, 2014, Deryck Whibley has stated on his personal Facebook page that he was working on new Sum 41 music out of his home studio to get ready to record some new music soon. On June 29, 2014, Whibley posted an entry on his website, entitled "getting ready to record drums", with photos of him setting up the drum kit for recording.
On June 6, 2016, Sum 41 announced that the group's sixth studio album would be titled 13 Voices and that the album is scheduled for release on October 7, 2016. The cover art was also revealed that same day. "Fake My Own Death", the band's first new song in five years, was released on June 28, 2016. The song was released as an instant grat for pre-ordering the album on iTunes. The song was performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on October 3, 2016. Deryck stated that the first official single had not yet been picked and the band wanted to put out new music to hold the fans over. The album's first official single "War", was released on August 25, 2016. The album's eighth track, "God Save Us All (Death to Pop)" was released (along with a live music video) on September 29, 2016. On October 4, 2016, the entire deluxe edition of the album leaked online, just three days before the album's release.
The Don't Call It a Sum-Back Tour is an upcoming concert tour, the tour, announced on August 8, 2016, will start October 5 and conclude on March 4, 2017.
13 Voices has been stated as being heavy metal, punk rock, pop rock, alternative metal, alternative rock, nu metal and pop punk (however sources have also disregarded this).
13 Voices has received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 76 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable reviews" based on 5 reviews.
The album debuted at number 22 on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 16,100 copies. The album was the ninth highest selling album of the week (pure sales).
All songs written and composed by Deryck Whibley, except where noted.
Sum 41Deryck Whibley – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano
Dave Baksh – lead guitar, backing vocals
Tom Thacker – rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Jason McCaslin – bass guitar, backing vocals
Frank Zummo – drums, percussion, backing vocals
ProductionDeryck Whibley – production, engineering
Tom Lord-Alge – mixing
Ted Jensen – mastering
Jimmy Pfann – assistant engineering (Legends Studios)
William Delaney – assistant engineering (EastWest Studios)
Andy Ford – assistant engineering (EastWest Studios)
Michael Freeman – assistant engineering (EastWest Studios)
Tyler Shields – assistant engineering (EastWest Studios)
Dan Moyse – drum tech
Managerial and designRon Lafitte – management
Chris Nary – management
Michael Cortada – cover artwork
Chris Hansen – art & layout