Lately I've actually been liking this band's previous outputs too but this album surprised me how good it is, honestly.
Much darker than anything they ever put out before, some tracks have a really gloomy/somber atmosphere and the vocals are much rawer/much less produced. I also dig the lyrics a lot, though TDWP was always quite strong in that area. This is a band growing up.
I'm convinced that if these guys actually tried, they could write some pretty decent material worth an 8 or so. There're some pretty damn groovy riffs here and there, but overall this is essentially an aural molestation.