I certainly understand why you feel that way, but the way I went about writing this was I was wanting to focus more on a groove & interesting rhythms. I've been on a Tool kick lately so that was something I wanted convey too - kind of more like an extended jam session with some cool grooves to bob your head to.
I'm not a shred player or a melodic guy by any means haha
Yess, another killer track mang. I can definitely hear the Adam Jones/Danny Carey vibes especiiially from :48-1:20!! I feel like if they heard that part, they'd look at each other and say, "wait, did we write this and black out? Is this us??" LoL. Totally reminds me of the local rock radio stations in the 90's. I love the epic section at 2:26.