I'll take the notion of there being no DM vocals in the next album with a grain of salt. I was of the impression that The Lotus Eater was a song that very much marked the direction towards which the band was heading next (I remember Mike saying something along those lines but don't remember when/where). But perhaps a song like Throat of Winter (which is awesome) is more indicative of the band's sound for the next album at this point. In any case, whatever they decide to do I am more than excited for this album and can't wait to get/hear it. But a complete absence of DM vocals would be unexpected.