OK, I've got both good and bad news here.
The good news? Well, it would appear as though the Seps have not fallen prey to whatever plague ails 99.9% of the acts on the once glorious RoadrunneR. There's no bounce "Metal", no clowns running around in fruity getups with blue or green spiked hair, and no silly "Mom and Dad have grounded me again" musical concepts.
The bad news? This album sucks. Everything from the terrible mid-20th century propaganda-poster artwork, to the 52nd minute-mark of the album is terribly mediocre, and far below what any fan should expect from these guys. It took a good dosage of "Arise" afterwards to wash the ass-like taste of this album out of my mouth.
It's like this guys. It was cool back years ago when you tapped into that tribal vibe, but I think it's time to give that well-worn musical approach a much needed rest; kind of like how you handled Max.
Derek Green seems to be the only member with any balls left on this one - surprising since he's only been in the band for a relatively short amount of time. If this is what it takes to get the Seps back in action, I say clean sweep the rest of the line-up as well!
I'd give you a more forensic diagnostic of this one, but asking me to sit through the 15 songs that litter "Nation" (like a case of bad acne) more than once is like asking me to perform self-surgery on my eyes with a rusted butter knife - it ain't gonna happen.