One Day As A Lion [EP] - One Day As A Lion
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  • Summary: Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha releases his solo EP, which includes Mars Volta's Jon Theodore on drums.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. It’s a five-tracker with bite, with venom; it’s a reminder that while de la Rocha might age like the rest of us, the fires in his belly haven’t come close to being doused by mundane revivals of his most famous group’s mosh-happy hits.
  2. There isn't any filler here; it's all the aural ignition of a gasoline bomb going off in your ears.
  3. The music is stripped-down but robust, with de la Rocha on vocals and keyboard and Theodore on drums.
  4. 80
    To fans that listened to Rage as a means to get "pumped up" and bring the "mosh" you’ll probably be disappointed by the lack of work out music. But to the fans of Zack’s militant poetry, listen and enjoy.
  5. This EP cannot be recommended for who I consider our core group of readers unless you are familiar with his previous material and know you enjoy it, but the level of talent is undeniable.
  6. While this project marks a long-overdue move forward, it can’t help but feel like a step back. It’s not the content that’s timid, but the ambition.
  7. The sound quality is, by all accounts, mediocre, but the raw nature of the music reflects the “one day” aspect of their motto.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    This is the closest thing we will ever get to another RATM album. Zack still has it. Zack De La Rocha is without a doubt one of the best rappers. He is just as good as he is on the RATM albums. John Theodore is incredible drummer. He is far better than Brad from RATM. Obviously this EP isn't as great as RATM's 3 studio albums but it's still pretty damn good. Hopefully One Day As A Lion will release a full length album in the future. Zack has been promising this since 2009. Still no full length album yet. C'mon Zack finish that album. Expand
  2. MarcM.
    Aug 19, 2008
    10
    The Best! Worth the wait. Zack's a god.
  3. JacobS.
    Sep 17, 2008
    10
    Awesome EP! Zack De La Rocha and Jon Theodore creates a hell of a lot using very few touches. Zack's lyrics are sharp as ever, and there's a huge amount of passion in all of the songs. Although some of the tracks might seem similar they are all very diverse in the end. And let's not forget Theodores awesome melodical drumming. One Day As A Lion... The greatest EP ever released! Expand
  4. Steve
    Aug 19, 2008
    8
    I'm pleasantly surprised with this release... but i wasn't expecting much to be fair. To make comparisons to RATM isn't fair... this isn't RATM and isn't supposed to be RATM. I love the simplicity and drive of it. Feels like a work of passion rather than a reach back into the limelight. Well done! Looking forward to a full length release. Expand
  5. OwenP.
    Sep 19, 2008
    8
    Excellent stuff. Once again a reminder of just how good these guys were and could have been.
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    6
    Apart from the first song 'Wild International' this EP doesn't have anything that really shines, most of the songs sound the same and Zach doesn't show the agression he has shows with Rage Against The Machine. Expand
  7. Zoe&Piper'sDad
    Aug 17, 2008
    1
    Terrible. Sounds like material Rage purposely declined to record a decade ago minus a talented guitar and bass player. Zach needs to give it up. He hasn't done anything relevant since Evil Empire. Expand

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