Nah. This record is less experimental than its predecessor. If they were to do another Empty Days - another epic of sorts - firstly, it'd be impossible for them to top Empty Days, secondly, that would be what the band would become known as, the band that makes epic hardcore albums. By going back to their roots, the next record can be however they want it to be.
Exactly, and they can't just make epic hardcore albums every two years; that's what PBTT is for.
It was a really good record, I'm just disappointed in the payoff in terms of story, personally. This is the first Defeater record where I haven't been able to feel like I've come away understanding what happened in the narrative after my first few listens through. All I really got was that the dad beat his wife cause she pissed him off by sleeping around with her drug dealers and so he started killing them, and he went to war when he was young and it sucked and at some point his brother drowned back home and apparently he blamed himself?
I'd have liked it a lot more if there had been more storyline heavy tracks, that's all. I'll probably have to catch the band at a show so I can ask Derek what exactly was going on.