Zack de la Rocha's One Day As A Lion Unveil First Song

July 16, 2008 12:04 PM ET

The first song from One Day As A Lion, the side project of Rage Against the Machine's Zack de le Rocha, has been posted on the band's MySpace page. As "Wild International" proves, the years of recording dormancy hasn't slowed de la Rocha's flow, as the rapper comes roaring out of the gate and never loses speed. The song sounds like it could've been on RATM's Evil Empire if not for de la Rocha's keyboards replacing Tom Morello's guitar wizardry. One Day As A Lion, who get their name from the quote "It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb," will release their self-titled debut EP on July 22nd.

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