Mezmerize came out today, and I'm in the middle of my first listen right. I used to be a huge fan, but I haven't been very excited about the new album because I didn't like the direction the band was going from Cigaro and BYOB (I was expecting something more "mature" like the band said), and I'm not thrilled at seeing Daron taking over the band. Although I think he's a pretty talented guitarist and writer, I have a feeling SOAD depends on Serj (the singer) for lyrical content. I was also afraid that the new album would be more of the same stuff. Also, I haven't really been listening to much metal in the past year, so that's another factor. I'm still only on the 6th song, but it's been pretty good so far - better than I expected. Anyone else?