My thoughts exactly. Drew is one of the best writers on this site, was hoping for a little bit more from him.
As far as the album goes, I thought their first album was ok.. I saw them live before their first album dropped and was thoroughly impressed so I thought i'd check them out. Their second album is fantastic, excellent progression while staying true to their original selves.
I also saw them live before listening to their first album. I bought it at their show because of their performance and how good they sounded live. I liked their first album a lot. I knew it had it's flaws and wasn't stellar by any means, but it was still good. I think that Dying Hymn and Walkers are their strongest songs to date. It's nice to see a band actually progress from their debut release.