Very good, I like the direction. It's still energetic, youthful, melodic, heavy, upbeat - it really is like a synthesis of their prior work with obvious growth. I've come to enjoy and appreciate every offering they've put out and this doesn't appear to be an exception. Really enjoy the non Chango production - although I liked the output on their prior records it's great to hear them in a more clear manner.
Talent is there, musicianship is not. If they focused on staying grounded and creating cohesive, structured songs, they'd be golden! I feel this album has got some sort of story to go along with it, which I think is a step in the right direction for these guys, hence the anime cover art.
Wanted to like this, and it was somewhat acceptable, but I'm hoping I like the rest of the release much more. Song has lots of cool parts, but I agree that it is very part-after-part sounding. Personally, I can't dig that artwork at all, but I can look past it. These guys have always had the potential to do some really cool shit, so here's to hoping.