The first track, "Shoot it Out" sets the stage aptly for the remaining 13 tracks to come, one of which is a an acoustic version of the same. "Shoot it Out" effectively conveys the feelings of depletion when one is faced with under the unrelenting demands of others for more. The lyrics highlight that giving oneself in this way is like feeding wolves and they are never satisfied. The acoustic version is no mere filler, but helps to focus on the lyrics and angst.
"The Wicked Ones", on first listen, appears to be an anthem of those that prey upon others, a boast if you will. However, ironically, the ones that prey are those who adore us, our followers, our fans, the ones who encourage us to keep draining ourselves because our their need for us.
"Now is the Time" depicts the bitterness of betrayal amid our efforts. The thrust is that there is blindness that comes with the flattery of others. So, there comes a time when one needs to open their eyes to the truth.
"One More Day" is one of the best tracks on the album. The imagery is that of being encircled by wolves, facing death. The chorus draws attention to focusing on the unexplored horizon instead and the determination not to remain bound for one more day than necessary.
"Fix Me" is also a beautiful song, one complimented by its acoustic version later in the set. It expresses the anguish of losing one's way and the wasted time involved. The resolve is in realizing that having a sense of being unsettled can be a prompt for change. Further, the chorus brings self-assurance through the line, "I'm fine in the fire. I feed on the friction. I'm right where I should be. Don't try and fix me!"
"Chasing the Rapture" is focused on taking personal responsibility for necessary change. We are portrayed as our own worst enemies and encouraged to move to save ourselves from ourselves, that is our indecision and inaction, rather than waiting to be saved from our circumstances.
While "Dead in the Water" contributes to the overall theme by bemoaning the lack of trustworthy leadership in one's life, by those "wolves in sheep's clothing", it is "Don't Fight It" that brings a breath of fresh air amid the appropriate brooding. In fact, it might be interpreted as a love ballad. It is fitting in that it is a masterful song and there are times when we just need someone we can trust to fall into, even though we may have seen that trust challenged in the past.
The remaining tracks do not provide support to the overall theme as evidently as the others, but there is not a bad song among them. "Fade into the Ocean" expresses that in the end of all the battles there is a longing for peace...an end with no regrets.
"Feeding the Wolves" is an impressive and memorable album. It merits 5 Stars for its identifiable theme and rich, artistic development from beginning to end, while maintaining the unique style and stimulating sound of 10 Years.