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One Day As A Lion EP

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One Day As A Lion is the creation of musical comrades Zack De La Rocha & Jon Theodore. This is music about space - the space between friends and collaborators where ideas form; the space in a song where the tension builds waiting for the next wave of sound; the space in the corners of the recording studio (Sinatra's old room at Ocean Way) where the sound gathers to fade and die. One Day As A Lion worked hard to capture that space on tape, unadulterated, unmolested, from heart to hand to skins to mics to tape to speaker to ear. The result, someone said, sounds like Led Zep meets Dr. Dre.

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After almost a decade of speculative anticipation on the part of his fans, Rage Against the Machine’s Zach de la Rocha finally returns to the studio, with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. It’s been a long wait, but if anything, the machine’s sway has only grown more insidious, and de la Rocha rises to meet it as if he hadn’t missed a beat. RATM fans will find all the familiar sonic and lyrical calling cards here, but One Day as a Lion is a mimeograph of neither contributor’s flagship band. "If You Fear Dying" and opener "Wild International" highlight this five-song, 20-minute set. Sharing nearly synchronized leading riffs, the two songs also take similar liberties with religious taboo: "I target more heads than a priest on Ash Wednesday" ("If You Fear Dying"); "I’m like a nail stuck in the wrist of their Christmas" ("Wild International"). In "Ocean View"--a heart-breaking, impressionist portrayal of the PATRIOT Act’s capacity for enabling new twists on the old story of racial profiling--de la Rocha’s wailing chorus glides atop a merciless cascade of thunderous drums. For those who follow either of these guys, everything here merits sustained attention. More generally, for those who like their protest music hard, loud, and in small doses, One Day as a Lion is king for a day, at least. --Jason Kirk


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B001BTKP6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Putnam on July 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A.N. on July 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Zack,

Welcome back!!!

Whilst I like majority would prefer that these side projects be stopped and a new RAGE album surface (we live in a world of hope). Zack finally after nearly 8 long years offers us a 5 Track EP! Surely there has to be more than this in terms of songs written.

Stand outs are "Wild International" & "One Day As A Lion" which has that distinct Zack Rap, Hip-Hop Vocal Style but am I sensing some Morello like sounds made via the Keyboard here Zack?? If Audioslave werne't trying to play Rage Music with that washed up Cornell fellow, I think Zack is expressing (musically) he is missing Morello and the remaining memebers of Rage. The songs are a bit raw.

In saying that, Zack on the track "One Day As A Lion" has a greater grip of style (which I believe identify's with what Zack was hoping to achieve), that is no doubt a song that could have been worked to magical wonders by Morello/Wilk and Commerford. However it is nice to see something, finally.

My consenus: Stop the side-projects, your voic is still great and for the love of sanity in this politically corrupt world give us a new album!!

What are you guy's shy of, stop the indifferences, settle the scores and do what you were all born to do, make angry passionaite music with articulate lyrics. Having walked out on Rage in a way are you telling us that you no longer believe in what you started, to make that difference.

Thanks for the 5 track EP Zack after 8 - 13 years (apparently some state this has been in the works as far back as 1995?).

I only hope it won't be another 8 or so years before we see the rest of this album that has been kept very secret???!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Mason on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Witham on November 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Rage Against the Machine is my favorite band, so it was hard to hear of their break-up, however, seven years later, we have the greatest band in the world back, alongside Zack's incredible side project One Day As a Lion who recently released an eponymous debut album. The two bands can barely be compared, considering there is two less members, and only two instruments, in One Day As a Lion, but they do share one common trait: They're both incredible.

Every song is truly awesome, and non deserve less than the best rating, however if I were to select any two favorites, I would choose the first two songs, "Wild International" and "Ocean View". Allow me to thoroughly break down each song, then give it a rating of 1-5 (5 being best):

"Wild International" is an amazing song that starts with Jon doing a drum count on the hi-hat, counting along "1,2,3,4". Zack's [AMAZING] keyboard riff follows for virtually the rest of the song. My personal favorite line, "they say that in war the truth be the first casualty, so I dig in selector, I the ressurector..." is featured as well as some others. (I BELIEVE) the song is about the lies brought on by war and international affairs (thus, the title "Wild INTERNATIONAL"), although Zack touches on subjects such as his distaste of christmas time and the lies associated with it. Great song!

rating: 5/5

"Ocean View" is another great song, a personal favorite. Keyboard riff is great as usual, with an outstanding drum fill in this one. The lyrics reference the damage police have done to a city (likely L.A.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morton on December 11, 2008
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One Day As A Lion ****

A nice return from the fantastic Theodore, the original drummer from The Mars Volta, and of course Zach. On the this the groups first release (hopefully not their last) a self-titled Ep featuring five fantastic tracks.

Repetition here is commonplace as it was on such epics as the Who's Quadrophenia. While I'm not comparing the two it was just merely a continuing of a sound progression through both releases.

One thing that must be said about this release is the rage. No pun intended. And it is a great thing. This is by far the angriest release of the year aside from another former Rage member Tom Morello's Nightwatchman. I am both surprised and dissapointed by the lack of being pissed off in rock n' roll as of late. This is a warm welcome back to both the band members and the anger they bring.

Theodore is a fantastic drummer, this is a fact, and a sadly unknown one. As for Zach, while I always felt what he was doing it never really hit me hard, and I always knew he was capable of so much more, hopefully this is it. I'm going to throw it out there and say this is his strongest set of lyrics ever. Musically Zach can and most likely will branch out more, but lyrically I doubt he will ever top this.

As will be said by many I assume, the main problem is this is an Ep, and at only twenty minutes you really can't wait for anymore so you are forced to just start the thing over, which when you think about it really isn't a problem. One Day As A Lion better not last just one day or I will be sorely dissapointed.
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