Definitely digging the aforementioned "contemplative" vibe. I humbly disagree with the poster that said after KTTK THP went soft. I do appreciate that album (amazing technical instrumentation) but often I just feel like I'm being screamed at if I'm just casually listening to the album. I need to be quite active in order to not feel the urge to just turn it down. Anyways, I like the vibe and at this point for me in my life, a more melodic album sounds great! It is slightly cringe worthy if they go that route after what Mike said about THP; however, they did ultimately complete an entire album that met the "hard rock" means they set out to accomplish. That doesn't mean they are now forever damned to only do that (as we know by now they rightfully & absolutely despise that confined mentality....not this argument again...) Bring on the music!