The first track is the title track, and my personal favorite. Drums come first, a slow and sinister build is complimented with bass and guitar both driving neck to neck with each other, sparks start to fly when background chants start a fist pump in your brain... vocals grind in and shred perfectly with the distortion as the production grows. Come halfway through the second verse the chant becomes "Tigers and Bears!". Things go crazy around the extended bridge, blasting out the end with chaotic rock precision that halts and rings out into the bass line.
"Godless Heathen" sounds disillusioned, shocked and disgusted... "I'm the One" picks up a gun and starts firing. This music isn't "angst", it's anger.
When looking for the right words to describe what the songs "do" in essence I thought: "Man, these really have a lot of punch to them"... and also came up with "These tracks really kick"... both of which were fighting terms, so I'm going to go ahead and say these songs will fight you. Fight you, beat you up (because you were asking for it), and then take you out for a beer after. This is the perfect sound and production to match the themes, which Mangrenade describes as being "... about the idea that all of us are disposable, and can be left for dead at any given second, for any given reason. It's about finding yourself when you didn't think you were lost. It's an anthem for the left behind." An anthem indeed, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that.
"Lions in the Parking Lot" is available at Mangrenade's Bandcamp page.