I'm all for the direction of this album, but unless if there are a ton of strong lyrics, memorable guitar solos, a bunch of unexpected turns, etc, I don't think this kind of record will top A Thousand Suns. A Thousand Suns has so much diversity...Musically, there's a song with rapping over tribal drums, a song with screaming over 80's pop synths, a 6 minute electric-dance anthem, a chilling acoustic performance, and well executed pop songs. Lyrically, there's politics, love, heartbreak, anger, hopelessness, and hope. And all of this is somehow meshed into one cohesive album. It's beautiful, and the closest thing the band has come to a masterpiece. Of course it still has plenty of imperfections, which is why I still have hope that it can one day be topped. I won't prematurely say that The Hunting Party won't top ATS, but it'll be really damn hard for it to do that.