10 Years
Feeding the Wolves


3.5
great

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
August 24th, 2010 | 562 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not much is nu, but another enjoyable album reliant on its highlights.

Over the course of their 10 years recording albums, Knoxville outfit 10 Years have somehow remained on the correct side of the alt-metal/post-grunge divide. By incorporating heavier, more atmospheric traits into their sound, the now quartet (following the departure of guitarist Matt Wantland) have managed to stay out of the much derided mainstream rock grouping which the likes of Nickelback and Creed spearhead. On their strong previous offering ‘Division’, the band rode a fine line of sinking into the abyss with the likes of lead single ‘Beautiful’, follow-up ‘So Long, Goodbye’ and closer ‘Proud of You’ being extremely literal and destined for radio airplay. So when 10 Years named Howard Benson as the producer of their fifth LP ‘Feeding the Wolves’, loyal fans had to wonder if the man who had helmed the latest albums of Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, Skillet, Daughtry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus & Creed, would be responsible for their downfall.

More quizzical looks followed when lead single ‘Shoot It Out’ preceded the LP by some 10 weeks. The album opener has a decided bent to the even more ridiculed genre of Nu-Metal, with its menacing low-key verses building up to its shout-along chorus. Isolated, the track works for what it is, while anyone would be hard-pressed to say it was not catchy. As has been seen with even the best of the nu-metal pack however, there seems to be an expansive disparity between the best and worst the genre has to offer. That is unfortunately proven here with the likes of ‘The Wicked Ones’, ‘Now is the Time (Ravenous)’ and ‘Chasing the Rapture’ all being dragged down by the kind of gimmicky, dated, angst-ridden components that fuel Limp Bizkit’s fire for a comeback. When lead vocalist Jesse Hasek mentioned that ‘Feeding the Wolves’ would be their most “aggressive” release since their debut, this was surely not what fans had expected.

Thankfully (and remarkably), 10 Years once more find that knack of not imploding, since none of the weaker (including the aforementioned) tracks are outright garbage, just not particularly distinctive. Additionally, the latter half of ‘Feeding the Wolves’ is much more consistent and offers up a better sample of what 10 Years does best. The thumping drums of ‘Dead in the Water’ and the energetic, multi-layered ‘Waking Up the Ghost’ are both deceptively hooky, while the memorable chorus of ‘Fix Me’ could well be the most infectious song of the band’s career! At the opposite ends of the spectrum, strings infused ballad ‘Don’t Fight It’ and six minute closer ‘Fade Into (The Ocean)’ are also successful. The former is sure to be polarizing with its melodic catchiness destined to be over-played on radio, while the latter is the track which most resembles the effective moody dynamics and song structures of the band’s best work on ‘The Autumn Effect’ (including some belated ear-catching guitar-work from Ryan Johnson).

It is difficult to imagine that too many people are initially going to be impressed by ‘Feeding the Wolves’… Back loaded albums tend to take a little longer to grow on listeners and this is no exception. Furthermore, there is no significant growth or change in sound which is likely to reel in new fans… Jesse Hasek’s vocals are as strong and melodic as ever, while the band ably do their job without being let off the leash often enough. So, in effect, 10 Years are preaching to the converted here, and to that end they have released what is ultimately another enjoyable album, if a step down from their previous two LP’s. Is that sufficient for a band now entering their second decade together? That will be up to the individual listener, but it is fair to state that the quality of the highlights evident on ‘Feeding the Wolves’ means that most will wish that 10 Years continue delivering the goods for another 10 years.

Recommended Tracks: Fix Me, Don’t Fight It, Fade Into (The Ocean) & Shoot It Out.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is released next Tuesday the 31st.

I think the 11 tracks above is the final track-ordering, but some sites currently list ‘Running In Place’ as only a bonus track. There is also another cut called ‘I Blame You’ (which I think is an iTunes bonus track) that is decent enough.

Most people will rate this 0.5 or 1.0 lower than whatever they rated ‘Division’. I had it at a 3 for a long time, but once I allowed the album (especially it’s 2nd half) to grow, I just had to be nicer. Although, I can see it being an album that in a year’s time, I will only be listening to the 5 or 6 highlights.


loveisamixtape
August 24th 2010


6018 Comments


good review. won't be checking this out though

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks loveisamixtape. Your dig has reminded me to check out that live TBS album.

loveisamixtape
August 24th 2010


6018 Comments


dude it's sooooooo good.

the setlist could've been miles better, but the way they twist some of the songs is just amazing.

check it outtt

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool. I often forget about live albums... & EPs for that matter.

Saw TBS live earlier this year & was rather disappointed, but I don't think Adam's voice allowed him to fire on all cylinders on the day.

loveisamixtape
August 24th 2010


6018 Comments


tbh it doesn't really sound live.
the production values are awesome. and whenever adam doesn't sound his best on it (which is very rare on the cd) fazzi makes up for very nicely.

who were they with when you saw them?

BrahTheSunGod
August 24th 2010


1279 Comments


Good review, really want this to leak/come out.

If I loved TAA and wasn't too keen on Division, think I'll like this much? The atmosphericness and hauntingness of TAA was what I always loved, I really hope it makes an appearance here but I'm not too hopeful... Oh well.

also:
"...much derided mainstream rock grouping which the likes of Nickelback and Creed spearhead"
*shudders*
please never mention them anywhere near this band ever again haha. Division was more along the lines of 3 Doors Down honestly.

JWT155
August 24th 2010


9251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will get asap, great review as always Davey.

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was part of a festival loveisamixtape. And it was when the 2 Matt's (who were the best performers on the day I might add) were still with them.

Thanks Brah... I am keen to hear what you (& others around here who like this band) think of this album. From what i can tell, you will give this a 3 at best. As much as they talked about this being heavier, it has more akin to Division than TAA.

And apologies for the Nickelback/Creed references. LOL.

Deder545
August 24th 2010


83 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Is this leaked on youtube yet?
From the 30 second Itunes samples, this album seems kind ehhhh, but obviously you can't judge it from that though

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Jim. I've just been listening to your current dig. Freaky.

As far as I know Deder, this is yet to leak.

East Hastings
August 24th 2010


4391 Comments


summary is genius

SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20304 Comments


"the man who had helmed the latest albums of Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, Skillet, Daughtry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus & Creed"

I had no idea a single man could be responsible for such atrocities. I'm usually a very passive person buuuuuut...

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"summary is genius"

I'm glad someone appreciates my constant attempts at double-meaning puns.


"I had no idea a single man could be responsible for such atrocities."

I think he has had his name changed to Grammy Award Nominated Howard Benson too as the prefix was mentioned every time I looked up his name.

Deder545
August 24th 2010


83 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I was hoping this would be really good

fromtheinside
August 24th 2010


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

davey am i going to like this?

Digging: Tragedy - Vengeance

ThePalestMexican
August 24th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm probably going to check this out since I'm a loser and actually like some nu-metal, and I like 10 Years.

Wasn't expecting this to be album of the year material, Division seemed a little too good to follow up in my opinion. But this does give me some hope though from what I've been told "Chasing the Rapture" is total garbage.


tiesthatbind
August 24th 2010


7374 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, DaveyBoy. I liked The Autumn Effect, still need to listen to Division again to decide a rating, then I'll get to this.

Although, I don't like the nu-metal direction that Shoot It Out suggests, so it's troubling that you have it as a recommended
track.

Digging: xSPONGEXCOREx - How Tough Are Yah?

Ire
August 24th 2010


41779 Comments


Daveyboy likes rawk

Bleekill
August 24th 2010


832 Comments


lol that guy should be charged with crimes against music and arrested.



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