Not even close to the truth. Spinefarm have been total arseholes in the whole deal.
Spinefarm released the Black gold album when the band said they were not interested in it, and then came up with such awful artwork that the band said they would do their own design as they at least wanted something with their name on it to look good.
Then the contract ended and they started recording the new album through the pledge campaign. But Spinefarm had first refusal on releasing it but had to take out that option before a specific date. They waited til after that date to turn round and say they wanted to release it, but the band were happy they were too late as they told Spinefarm they were not interested in dealing with them anymore.
While on Spinefarm they got little or no promotion, and had to do pretty much everything themselves.
As for the album. Its great. Not as catchy and instant as previous releases, and a bit heavier for certain, but its most defo a grower.
The one song on it that harks back to the first two albums more is Kick in the teeth.
To each their own but great? I barely made it through the thing it was so awful. Right after I listened to Raining Rock again and there is no comparison. He is singing about stupid shit on this album and it lacks hooks so bad. It's easily the worst release this year by far. It could be compared to Dynazty's last release as a huge flop. Those releases could end both bands...