"One Day As A Lion EP" by One Day As A Lion (2008)
Too Short as an album.
Since Rage Against The Machine went on indefinite hiatus back in 2000, all four members have stayed busy in the public eye except for one. While Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim C. were busy concocting multiple albums with Chris Cornell as Audioslave, Rage's spark plug and voice Zach de la Rocha stayed surprisingly silent. Rumors spread of a failed collaboration with DJ Shadow on a solo debut and before anything else could surface, Rage were busy putting together a highly successful 2007 reunion tour. Now that Rage have been put back on the shelf and Tom Morello is fully engulfed in his The Nightwatchman solo project, all eyes are back on de la Rocha curiously waiting to see what, if anything comes about. I'm glad to report that finally something has.
One Day As A Lion is de la Rocha and drummer Jon Theodore's (formerly of The Mars Volta) quietly released five track EP debut that barely clocks in at over 20 minutes, but for that 20 minutes it packs one hell of a wallop. De la Rocha is in fine form here and has not lost a step in these last seven years whatsoever. His intense raps and rants are still as biting as they were in the past and Jon Theodore's thunderclaps are every bit as good as anything Brad Wilk did for de la Rocha in Rage Against the Machine. The sound of One Day As A Lion isn't much different from that of Rage, it's just more minimal. Musically, all de la Rocha brings to the proceedings are keyboards, electronics and vocal distortions that suited Theodore's former band quite nicely. But I promise you Rage fans, you won't be disappointed in One Day As A Lion; the only disappointment is that at five tracks it just ends way too quickly.
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