Everybody who loves Dustin should definitely see and hear his cover of Buzzcut Season of Lorde. Didn't even know the song before, but that performance... oO <3
"it's a fucking shame thrice broke up because of his new pathetic path of preaching" - I don't understand why someone would say this. Why judge? And if you liked Thrice, and Dustin's creative path was an integral part of the project, why judge where it takes him now? Dustin has life experience- and if he decides his priorities are in spreading ideas he thinks are important- I don't think there's a thing wrong with that.
Basically, 'The Water and the Blood' should not be compared to Thrice or even Dustin's first solo album. It is pretty clear that he is now operating in the genre of congregational worship/praise music. This is not just art for art sake any more. He is producing music which also performs a functional role, that is, enabling a congregation to worship. Naturally, this functional role curbs back some of the experimental tendencies he explored with Thrice and ramps up the religious content. It's pretty unfair to seriously compare the projects. You can be annoyed that he has gone in this direction at all, if you like, but one shouldn't think that he was aiming to produce a maximally creative, subtle record and simply failed along the way.
True Story... for me, Dustin Kensrue is pretty much the best musician ever and Thrice is my all time favourite band. But with Dustins new music, he just uses a part of his potential - the lyrics are just not nearly as good as Thrice's because they are so one-dimensional and repetitive.
Still I like to listen to his new solo stuff and the new album, but sadly it's just so far beyond Thrice...
I do not think it is selfish at all, he didn't do a tour with his christmas album I don't think, Just the where's the band tour...? I would LOVE to hear more solo stuff, as I'm sure everyone else would too =]