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  • i’ve waited a long time for Zach to release new music and this is great!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • One Day As a Lion (2008, Anti) One Day As a Lion’s first studio EP. ****

    For a long time there was talk of Zack de la Rocha releasing solo material (apparently material he had been working on even before Rage Against the Machine split), and even more talk when he worked with Trent Reznor. But now we get some sort of taste of what de la Rocha is like on his own, but he equally shares the stage with Jon Theodore, former Mars Volta drummer. As expected, One Day As a Lion is explosive, with de la Rocha spitting hateful messages at the powers-that-be while taking a minimalist effect. The idea is fantastic; Theodore’s drumming is superb, playing a central role in not only developing an effective beat, but also being fairly responsible for filling the sound, as de la Rocha’s vocals and keyboards are either sparse or start-and-stop. Sure, it sounds like lost Rage material, but it’s fairly intimate for what it is, and what it is is righteous. A full-length LP would be outstanding. On it, boys! (Wild International)

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Unbelievable album that only begins upon first listen. These five songs carry enough power and substance that some socio-political bands would hope for in a career. Rocha delivers lyrics up to par with that of ‘ratm’ and ‘battle’, while giving a fresh experimental/industrial sound. This has given my mind a wake up call that has been dormant for several months as Im sure it was intentioned.

    Do yourself a favor – grab this beast and… WAKE UP!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If i HAD to compare this EP to a Rage album, it’s most like Evil Empire… and that’s a good thing. However, it’s not exactly typical RATM… i’d say it’s less commercial for sure, and has a very different tone to it. Imagine Evil Empire without all the pretentiousness of Tom Morello’s “National Anthem” riffs. Wild International (the most Rage-sounding song on the disc), If You Fear Dying, and One Day as a Lion are the stand out songs. I don’t know anything about John or the Mars Volta, but his drumming is EXCELLENT on the entire recording. If you were ever a fan of Zack, you gotta buy this… it’s cheap, if you need further incentive.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have to agree with one of the other reviewers that the tracks on this album all sound pretty similar but the more I listened I was able to pick up on the differences. It gets better with repeated listens. Anyone that was a RATM fan will probably like this. Wild International and One Day As A Lion are definitely worth the price of the album. My only complaints are that I want to hear more and Zach’s lyrics are more difficult to make out than on RATM albums.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now