I actually really love this album. Way better than their past 2 or so. Massive hooks, and top-notch production. It feels more cohesive than the last record, and doesn't feel as bloated or over-the-top as The Black did.
While SUAS & TR&R are classic metalcore records, I could tell by From Death To Destiny that their heart wasn't in it anymore. The Black felt like they were chasing after a nostalgia high that was already drained, and Self-titled felt like they were getting back on their feet.
This album feels like them finally knowing what they want to be, and following their instincts. It's big, catchy, emotionally grounded, and a ton of fun. I can just imagine the floors of the venues they play getting torn apart. There's just so much energy here compared to their last few records.
I do hear the Halsey comparisons, but I love Halsey, sooooo... yeah, those soft grunge-pop melodies are kinda doing it for me. I also do kind of hear the Imagine Dragons comparisons, in how tight and overproduced the instrumentation is, but unlike Imagine Dragons, I actually can find a discernable emotional core in these songs, and the overproduction adds to the chaos of the emotions.
I guess you can call it dad rock too because of the prominant southern boogie influence in Danny's vocals, and the hard rock riffage, but I really have no problem with that. As long as they don't start copying the faux-patriotic conservative virtue signaling of bands like FFDP, then I really don't care.