“One Day as a Lion” by Frontman of Rage Against the Machine
Pictured (L-R) in Ocean Way’s renowned Studio B are Zack de la Rocha, recording engineer Robert Carranza, drummer Jon Theodore (seated) and assistant engineer Scott Gutierrez. Photo by David Goggin.
One of the most anticipated new releases in the world of hard rock was the solo album that Zack de la Rocha planned after he left Rage Against the Machine in October 2000. Now, during Rage’s reunion tour, the outspoken singer and activist has delivered the first release from his duo, One Day as a Lion, recorded with ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. Engineer Robert Carranza, who’s recorded Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Beck, Los Lobos, and Jack Johnson, tracked the new five-song EP. The project was mixed by Mario C.
The new EP takes its name from a slogan in a 1970 photo by George Rodriguez: “It’s better to live one day as a lion than a thousand years as a lamb.” de la Rocha’s new tracks are a departure from Rage, with his signature rap style augmented with a surprising melodic vocal approach. The recording of the EP incorporated a large collection of aggressive analog synth sounds to create a unique barrage of musical elements.
“One Day as a Lion” sold more than 17,000 copies in the US in its first week of release to debut at position #28 in the Billboard 200 chart.
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