I'm a big fan of this band, but their latest album is mediocre at best to be honest. The music is mostly uninspired, very few good ideas, the choruses are very bland and not even close to the ones they had in their previous 3 albums. Youngbloods was their peak for me, everything after that was a slow decline, although LTOTM was very good, this one has to be their weakeast album.
They've basically but out the same album again and again since Youngbloods, but each new one is a bit less interesting than the one before it. I had to stop listening to the new one about halfway through, it was so boring.
To me the "problem" really isn't Ahren, I like him as a vocalist; the issue is more the fact that many of the clean vocal lines tend to sound similar. The Farewell chorus sounds a lot like the one in Father's Son.
Ahren is fucking boring, every fucking chorus he sounds the fucking same. I love the instrumentation of most of their albums and love Joel, but Ahren could be changed by any fucking decent clean vocalist and the band would be so much better to me. I know it's an unpopular opinion but seriously, fuck that guy and his dull fucking voice.