It's funny how much your viewpoint illustrates the subjectivity of music.. Including your earlier post about not feeling you could relax to this. I'll admit upfront that I do "prefer" what I guess gets referred to as "heavy", but it's far from all I listen to. I like a pretty wide range (including things I would use for relaxation), but my favorite thing about music is when it get me excited.. Not like "punch people in a mosh pit" excited, but like.. Driving 200mph, jumping out of a plane, cliff-diving , I can fly and I'm rocketing skyward excited. I love it when I get a rush.. and then HAVE TO learn to play it. I also love beautiful melodies, harmonies, haunting instrumentals.. But the adrenaline rush I get from "exciting" continues to win by just a little bit even now in my late twenties. I've gravitated toward that feeling since I first fell in love with music and picked up the guitar at age 6.. It's never really diminished. When I'm in the mood for "relaxing" I think Jack Johnson, or Andy McKee, or something really really mellow.. But even then I'd likely have a hard time ignoring it and chilling out..Even things like mellower Thrice tunes, Half Moon Run, City and Colour, folk music, or instrumental strings tend to enrapture my attention too much for me to "relax"..Music is foreground for me, never background .. It ends up grabbing my FULL attention every time. I would liken listening to ATS to deciding to marathon the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy.. Not 'cause my attention is short but because it's a front-to-back experience. (I can't shuffle.. almost always listen to full albums in order.. but that's merely preferential).. My point being I don't find it "chill" or relaxing, even tho it's measurably more calm than THP.. All that rambling said: I like THP. It isn't the best thing ever for me, I just like it. There isn't really anything I explicitly dislike. My only partial complaints are a few of the un-fixed vocal things that conflict with my engineering side.. don't dislike the overall rawness, but I'm used to being asked for polished.