I'm going in the opposite direction of you, Andy.
It is not a bad album, well done. But it doesn't work on me. I still can't get into it at the moment.
It may seem I'll just point a very negative view here, but keep in mind I consider it's not a bad album. Just an album I don't like pretty much at the moment.
In this album you can listen in every song to something which recalls a past song for who knows well their discography. It's hard for me to get out of that, because I wait for the energy or the rage of the past song, and... It's not.
So it gives me the feeling to be stuck in the past, in the shade of what they made, like a pale echo. To be honnest, it made me listen again to old albums (not STCBM which had not much effect on me than this one).
The theme : the lyrics are not bad, but if you use this material as something leading you to think and learn something, as H just describes the world we are living in, well, when you open your newspaper, you arrive at the same point. It's not for me at the moment, in the way it does'nt lead to some lightning, except to F.E.A.R.... Where is the energy to make a change of our world ?
I stop here. Trying to share my feelings in french is hard, and much more in english !