It sounds this way because it has been produced by Joey Sturgis.
Though I'm not putting him down in any way possible, and I don't mean to offend anybody, but he definitely has his signature style and I can recognize one of his albums right away.
And what separates this band from the others are their solid musicianship, precise and impressing guitar work, melodic and often orchestral arrangements, and their message of love and brotherhood.
I've watched this band grow since 2006, and the changes have been incredible. They deserve to make it.