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Monday, Aug. 4, 2008

One Day as a Lion

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After years of audience anticipation for what he would come up with after Rage Against the Machine, vocalist Zack de la Rocha opts for quality over quantity on this five-song EP. That’s wise, because de la Rocha and his drummer band mate Jon Theodore already begin to repeat themselves on these tracks. It’s a minor bump, though, in an otherwise invigorating listening experience. Falling close to Rage territory, de la Rocha himself provides the squeals and riffs on keyboards that pump through a dense mix courtesy of Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldato. And though he sticks to familiar ground, de la Rocha pulls a long-hidden ace when he actually starts to sing.