One Day As a Lion [Digipak]: Release Notes: Muze
A collaboration between drummer Jon Theodore (of the Mars Volta) and Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine), One Day As a Lion combines leading elements from both those bands for a sound that is confrontational, bracing, and charged with political fervor. The group's self-titled EP contains only five tracks, but Theodore's drumming plus de la Rocha's vocals and keys supersede the sonic assault of most full-length albums. Fans of Rage Against the Machine will recognize de la Rocha's fiercely intense style, which owes debts to both hardcore punk and hardcore rap. But it's his developed political consciousness that gives the sound its true edge: this is music for the revolution-it points fingers, speaks truth, demands justice, and takes no prisoners. The sonic vibe may be slightly more experimental than RATM fans expect, but the power of ONE DAY AS A LION is undeniable.