Chuck

"Chuck" is named after a volunteer who helped save Sum 41 when it was caught in crossfire while filming a documentary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"Chuck" is named after a volunteer who helped save Sum 41 when it was caught in crossfire while filming a documentary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As incongruous as Sum 41 assisting children in a war-torn country might seem, the album's lyrics back the band's actions. Songs like "No Reason" and first single "We're All to Blame" are wake-up calls for anti-war activism. Sum's sound has evolved as well. While the vocals remain the same, the uptempo songs are among the band's heaviest (think "Master of Puppets"-era Metallica and System of a Down). "The Bitter End" approximates Metallica's "Battery," while "We're All to Blame" is a dead ringer for System's "Chop Suey!" To be sure, "Chuck" is Sum 41's most mature album to date; it is also one more reason why 2004 will go down as the year punk/pop grew up. Get used to it.—BT