Nothing will ever be like the first 2 albums and that's not even nostalgia talking. The two newest albums are like they are trying to be some kind of weird prog-classic rock band. It's just not good. There are a few tracks that are keepers but aside from that, total waste of time. I even sold my neverender boxset mostly out of my dislike for what the band has become.
Bands change though, like you did, they grew up. Maybe they didn't want to hear/make another IKSSE:3. I will support whatever this band does, because even though they are changing it up in style, they are extremely loyal to their fans, like doing things like the Neverender tour and more recently, doing the full sets of SSTB.