Sum 41 Exits on a High (and Low) Note with “Heaven :X: Hell”

Sum 41 Heaven & Hell album cover Two pillars one blue and white the other on the right is red and on fire. Above it reads "Sum 41. Heaven :X: Hell" | Sum 41 Album Review | Eat Sleep Breathe Music
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Sum 41’s final album Heaven :X: Hell is a double album featuring 20 tracks, reflecting the duality of the band’s music style. I first heard about the album when they announced it two years ago during their concert at the Stone Pony Summer Stage

It was released this past March on the heels of announcing the band’s disbandment after nearly 30 years. It comes with a farewell tour that kicked off January 2024 and is set to conclude on January 30, 2025, at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Heaven :X: Hell is Sum 41’s eighth and final studio album, released via Rise Records. It represents a blend of upbeat pop-punk and heavy metal, reflecting the band’s journey through both highs and lows. 

The first disc, Heaven, is a nod to the band’s early upbeat pop-punk sound, while the second disc, Hell, dives into the heavier metal sound the band loves.

Frontman Deryck Whibley explained to Billboard News that the title Heaven :X: Hell represents the extremes of the band’s career, with intense highs and lows. This album wasn’t originally planned; it emerged from Whibley’s work during the pandemic, writing songs for other artists. He eventually decided to keep the songs for Sum 41, resulting in a collection that showcases their full musical range.

The Heaven disc delivers classic pop-punk vibes, with tracks like “Waiting on a Twist of Fate” providing a melodic and uplifting atmosphere. 

“Preparasi A Salire” serves as the transition from Heaven to Hell, featuring a mix of sing-song guitar and piano with a powerful message of resilience. As the album shifts to the Hell disc, the intensity increases with hard guitar riffs, pounding drums, and heavy metal energy.

“Rise Up” amps up the listener with aggressive guitars and driving rhythm, leading into “Over the Edge,” a track that exemplifies the band’s ability to harness chaos and turmoil. The Hell disc delves into darker themes, exploring inner demons and personal struggles with a rebellious edge. This disc is perfect for fans who appreciate a heavier, more intense musical experience.

Sum 41’s duality is evident throughout Heaven :X: Hell. The album’s breadth and diversity make it appealing to both old and new fans. 

No matter if you prefer the light-hearted pop-punk of Heaven or the intense metal of Hell, there’s something for everyone.

Standout tracks from the Heaven disc include “Landmines,” “Dopamine,” and “Not Quite Myself.” From the Hell disc, “You Wanted War” and “It’s All Me” bring a heavier edge with fast-paced guitar riffs and aggressive vocals.

Overall, Heaven :X: Hell is a fitting conclusion to Sum 41’s nearly three-decade-long career. The album’s dynamic sound offers listeners a journey through the highs and lows that have defined the band’s musical legacy. 

So whether you’re a long-time fan or new to their music, this album delivers a powerful and satisfying listening experience.

Sample the album below and get a full listening experience at Amazon music. For more information on Sum 41 check out their official website, Instagram, TikTok, and X (formerly Twitter). Find their music streaming now on Amazon and other platforms. See the band live now on their farewell. 

Sum4 Tour Dates

Tri-state area fans can catch Sum 41 in May with support from The Interrupters. On Saturday, May 4th they will be kicking off the opening of the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ. Then May 5th and 6th they will be playing Brooklyn Paramount in NYC. 

On May 8th they will be in Reading, and on the 18th they will be playing Philadelphia. See full dates below and get more information at their official website.

April 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe^

April 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave^

April 29 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6^

April 30 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway^

May 1 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena^

May 4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage^

May 6 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Paramount^

May 8 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena^

May 9 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater^

May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy^

May 12 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville*

May 14 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^

May 15 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre^

May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple*

May 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann^

May 19 – Norfolk, VA – Chartway Arena^

June 14 – Hradec, Czechia – Rock For People*

June 15 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock*

June 16 – Derby, United Kingdom – Download Festival*

June 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Fairview Park

June 21 – Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival*

June 22 – Lyon, France – Slamdunk*

June 23 – Schneesel, Germany – Hurricane Festival*

June 26 – Viviero, Spain – Resurection*

June 28 – Ysselsteyn, Netherlands – Jera on Air*

June 29 – GeiselWind, Germany – Mission Ready*

June 30 – Marmande, France – Garorock*

July 4 – Nantes, France – La Nuit de l’Erdre*

July 5 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter*

July 6 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockéennes*

July 7 – Hunxe, Germany – Ruhrpott Rodeo*

July 9 – Milan, Italy – I-Days*

July 11 – Argeles sur mar, France – Les Deferlantes*

July 12 – Madrid, Spain – Madcool*

July 13 – Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive*

August 1 – Rimouski, Quebec – Parc Beausejour

August 7 – Saguenay, Quebec – La Baie’s Harbor Village Agora*

August 8 – Québec, Quebec – Quebec City Old Port Agora*

August 9 – Victoriaville, Quebec – Rock La Cauze*

September 4 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium^

September 6 – Portland, OR – Alaska Airlines’ Theater Of The Clouds^

September 7 – Seattle, WA – Wamu Theater^

September 8 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House and Event Center^

September 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Lot at The Complex^

September 11 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre^

September 12 – Des Moines, IA – Vibrant Music Hall^

September 14 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple^

September 15 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center^

September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Events Center^

September 23 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach^

September 24 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Amphitheater^

September 28 – Austin, TX – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park^

September 29 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall^

September 30 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^

October 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre^

October 3 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater^

October 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino^

November 23 – Nanterre, France – Paris La Défense Arena – SOLD OUT

January 30, 2025 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena – FINAL SHOW

* Festival Appearance | ^ with The Interrupters

About Sum 41 

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. The band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Dave Baksh (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason McCaslin (bass, backing vocals), Tom Thacker (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals), and Frank Zummo (drums, occasional backing vocals).

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