John has even said in an article that their not going back to anything before black and white..
Which is a step in the right direction IMO, even thought I wouldn't bash their old stuff either. They're just doing that they want to do.
i'll always support them, definitely. even though it's not my usual type of genre slant, i think it's great that they're bringing something pretty refreshingly new to this side of things. it's what they wanted to do and i think all of the fans of their previous material could agree on respecting that 100%