I have loved every record, until this! I loved the first two, Lies, and even Artwork grew on me. Every song I have listened to off of this is disappoints. It has nothing to do with the whole "not screaming" thing, or the sound changing. I mean, AFI has been my favorite band since Black Sails came out. These songs just sound generic and the lyrics are terrible.
From what I've heard so far, this record is reminiscent of Lies, and I don't mind it at all. I enjoy a lot of these new songs a lot. In Love and Death was my favourite record by The Used, and as much as I love it, I have to listen to each new record (not just by The Used) with open ears to appreciate what the album is by its own merits.