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Daniel Lioneye, ‘I Have Never Wanted to Be Number One’ — New Song

H.I.M.‘s Linde and Burton have a side project dubbed Daniel Lioneye, who are newly signed to The End Records. The band formed back in 2001, and their obscure debut, ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ was released solely in their native Finland and Germany. However, they were plucked from the underground by notorious H.I.M. fan Bam Margera, who used the title track as the theme song for his TV show, ‘Viva La Bam.’

You can check out the brand spanking new song ‘I Have Never Wanted to Be Number One’ from the forthcoming ‘Vol. II,’ which is available on their MySpace. It’s a lush and layered helping of vocal distortion and riffery that’s not really similar to the duo’s main band. At all. It’s also got a touch of black metal coursing through its veins.

In Daniel Lioneye, Linde plays guitar, bass and sings, while Burton operates the keys alongside drummer Bolton of Enochian Crescent. ‘Vol. II’ hits shelves on April 27.

In a statement, Linde said that the song has been floating around for half a decade and was intended to sound quite different than its final form. “This is no doubt the most accessible song on the album and believe it or not, it was written about five years ago,” he said. “It was meant to be an acoustic ballad, but this album is not about acoustic ballads, so we started to f— around with it. At first I thought that it sticks out a bit too much from the rest of the stuff and wasn’t sure if I should include it. It sounded too serious and stiff to me. Then Burton came in with his ’80s keys and we added the blast beat part in the end and it changed my mind.”

‘Vol. II’ tracklisting is as follows:

1. Euroshaman
2. Flatlined
3. Saturnalia
4. Neolithic Way
5. I Saw Myself
6. The Mentat
7. I Have Never Wanted To Be Number One
8. Who Turned The Lights Out
9. Kiss of the Cannibal

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