KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have posted two new tracks from their self-titled debut. Check out the songs “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down“:
The album comes out on May 9 (Europe), May 12 (UK) and May 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
THE MARS VOLTA will be releasing their fifth album, Octahedron, on June 23rd via Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. (June 22nd via Mercury Records elsewhere).
The follow-up to last year’s The Bedlam in Goliath will feature an appearance by John Frusciante of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Frusciante has collaborated with THE MARS VOLTA in the past.
The first single from the album in North America will be “Since We’ve Been Wrong” while overseas it will be “Cotopaxi“.
A tour supporting the new effort is expected but as of now, only European dates and one U.S. performance at Bonaroo, are announced.
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/20 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21 – Tuttlingen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/23 – Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus
06/26 – Milan, IT @ Idroscalo Festival
06/28 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
06/29 – Dusseldorf, De @ Stahlwerk
07/02 – Arvika, SE @ Arvika Festival
07/03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
07/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
07/10 – Kinross, IE @ T in the Park
07/11 – Dublin, IE @ Oxegen
In other news, guitarist and main songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López his third solo album this year entitled, Cryptomnesia, on May 5th.
Zack de la Rocha never quite got his shit together when RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE first split. A few guest appearances here and there, but his long rumored solo album never materialized. Now that he and his RAGE band-mates have reunited, it’s quite odd that de la Rocha finally has a full release (albeit an EP) of original material. ONE DAY AS A LION teams him up with former THE MARS VOLTA drummer extraordinaire, Jon Theodore, and the result is a rather stripped down mix of rock beats (with a sometimes “live” hip-hop feel) alongside de la Rocha‘s fiery rap vocal attack. It’s not surprising that it’s a stripped down affair considering the band is only the two of them with de la Rocha also contributing effects and keyboards. But, they still manage to generate a lot of noise. The self-titled release has a spontaneous and energetic vibe, and de la Rocha‘s familiar voice is both rallying and exciting. Lead track, “Wild International,” is reminiscent of de la Rocha‘s defiant, beat-heavy collaboration with DJ Shadow, “March of Death.” The eponymous “One Day as a Lion” track pumps a funkified “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” drum beat played with the tasty finesse that Theodore specializes in. One Day as a Lion is only a scant five songs long but appropriate in length for the limiting parameters of two men equipped with just drums, a keyboard, and a microphone. While the world still yearns for a rich and powerful de la Rocha solo album, this EP helps to at least deliver a crisp shot of Zack that the world so badly needs. Perhaps ONE DAY AS A LION will be enriched in the future through additional members or guest participants. (ANTI-)
Zack de la Rocha and former THE MARS VOLTA drummer, Jon Theodore, have teamed for a new creative collaboration called ONE DAY AS A LION. The band just signed to Anti- Records, who will be releasing their eponymous debut EP worldwide on July 22nd.
The band writes:
“ONE DAY AS A LION is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.
“A defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It’s a sonic
reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the
brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask. ONE DAY AS A LION is a recorded interaction between Zack de la Rocha (vocals/keyboards) and Jon Theodore (drums) from Los Angeles, California.
“The name taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. It reads: ‘It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.’ This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound.”
EP tracklisting is as follows:
1. “Wild International”
2. “Ocean View”
3. “Last Letter”
4. “If You Fear Dying”
5. “One Day as a Lion”