Part of me wonders if the band wanted to make a record like THP long before they did but kept pushing it off because of their desire to distance themselves as far away from the HT/Meteora sound as possible. These demos suggest it. But what's even weirder is that these songs aren't even in the same style as THP. Like the tremelo guitar at 3:16 in Malathion is something Brad really hasn't done before. It's simple, but it's neat.