Saying things like "they've been gone for nine years" is not just an opinion. He didn't just say "I didn't like the last two albums". He deliberately said something in a spiteful way that was bound to ruffle feathers. It's an ignorant way about stating distaste for the direction the band has gone musically. They haven't gone anywhere because they've been putting out albums for the last decade, albums that have consistently been well received and charted high. Not to mention their fan base has increased immensely since they supposedly "left". I wasn't the biggest fan of Black Rainbow and No World for Tomorrow but I would never make a moronic comment such as "they're back!"
I agree. That's why I don't like people who say Chiodos are back. They never left. THey made a good album with another singer that wasn't that popular. The band is still there.