Deryck Whibley could be ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’ 

Can an album cover subliminally reveal what’s on an artist’s mind?

Could very well be, when it comes to Deryck Whibley.

The grainy black-and-white photo that adorns “Screaming Bloody Murder” — the proto-punk’s return with his Canadian combo Sum 41, out March 29 — is a Wee Gee-creepy shot of a miniskirted female hipster, lying dead in the seedy street.

A metaphor for how he might currently be feeling about his thankless ex, Avril Lavigne, who divorced him last November? Perhaps only a therapist would know for sure.

But we propose this: A Deryck Whibley Renaissance!

As Lavigne prepares her comeback, he’s mounting his, with the “Screaming” title track out Feb. 8, and the Juno-winning guy has been overlooked long enough. At 30, he’s had some incredible career highs, like headlining slots on four consecutive Vans Warped Tours, a recent “All The Good Shit: 14 Solid Gold Hits 2000-2008” anthology, and even an animated role on “King Of The Hill.”

Even when he wound up in a Japanese hospital last August after being attacked by three men in a bar, he gamely ignored doctors’ warnings about his slipped disc and continued on with Sum 41’s tour. Isn’t it about time we give the unsung hero some props?

Join the crusade at www.sum41.com.

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