Of course they sound better. The only good solos in the last 15 years Alexi did for CoB were the ones in NMF and Ugly. HoB also had a few good ones but the time is definitely over. Alexi is still an awesome songwriter. I really don't know a better one (personal opinion) but he went from a solo-god to nothing more than a average lead guitarist with basic skills. And this has nothing to do with a broken shoulder or wrist.