Listening through their discography I pretty much feel that they got better the further along they went. The grindcore stuff's fine, Hell Songs is a bit better than Canada Songs and S/T I suppose. Not really blown away but it's fine.
What I'm not really getting is how S/T's better than YWG. I mean, it's a great album, lovely bit of muscular noise rock but it's...just noise rock. There's good lyrics and performances in there for sure but it's kinda sticking to the whole "wall of sound" thing. That's fine and dandy, a good progression from the grindcore stuff, but in that same light YWG strikes me as a refinement of S/T. It's not AS visceral in the production department for sure but I absolutely prefer the songwriting and it really feels like they take their sonic palate and do more interesting things with it than just a wall of sound. For example, how the guitars wail and chime on Satan In The Wait, how the dissonance on Less Sex cuts through almost like rays of light, or just how focused the hellish melodies on Guest House are. I feel like YWG takes what S/T had under the surface and works harder to shape and mold the sounds and textures to accent all of that, resulting in more diverse and interesting actual songs. If S/T was a conscious move away from the early releases, YWG comes across as a sound refinement of where S/T was going but hadn't quite gotten to just yet. It's hard for me to believe that there's an 8 year gap between these albums, really. I don't think the band missed a beat in their artistic growth.