PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! See you all there!!!
You’re invited to a listening party for DANIEL LIONEYE and DOMMIN this Friday night, May 7 at 119 Bar on behalf of The End Records, Roadrunner, and Tones of Death. Come by from 5:30-7:30pm to listen to Daniel Lioneye’s new album, Vol. II, Dommin’s new album, Love Is Gone, and meet the bands!
Daniel Lioneye features two members of the Finnish group HIM – Linde on guitar/bass/vocals, and Burton on keys - who will be performing at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza later that night as part of a three-night stand at the venue. Daniel Lioneye also includes Bolton on drums and the three-piece just released their sophomore effort,Vol. II, on The End Records (04/27/10).
Daniel Lioneye and Dommin Listening Party
Friday, May 7
119 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003-2101
In conjunction with The End + Roadrunner + Tones Of Death.
The album is available through numerous retail and online outlets at kick ass prices!!
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And I am glad they dig us. It's great to see all the great reviews coming in, like the one from Chicks With Guns Magazine:
Written By: James Swigart
Daniel Lioneye’s new album, Vol. II, is just downright aggressive, rude, funny, and loud. This pretty much defines some of the best rock ‘n’ roll and Vol. II is an extraordinary rock album. The pace of the album is relentless yet playful. We are being assaulted by masters yet the assault feels like kisses from one of Derek Jeter’s dates. Mikko Lindstrom plays a mean guitar and gutturally screams to full effect. He truly shreds like there’s no tomorrow and very little left of today. Ville Valo’s drums are fast, hard, and massive. The choruses give a lightening effect that takes the edge off. Some of the choruses remind us of those by the complete chorus masters, Van Halen.
Lindstrom plays faster than early Eddie Van Halen. His style is frenetic and pulverizing. Think Kirk Hammett just wanting to hammer for as long as he can. Every track on the album is a winner and “I Saw Myself” features the best Lioneye. “I Saw Myself” begins with savage riffs, pounding drums and Lindstrom howling like his girlfriend’s just told him she’s spent all his money and crashed all his cars and slept with all his friends. And she’s given him a vile disease. Brilliance defined. The tune lightens as much as the constant assault of Lioneye can and Kai Hiilesmaa’s beautiful keys come in. When the light chorus, “I want to make you understand me” hits it’s like ice cream on top of churning, ferociously leaping cake. The vocal effects near the end are dope.
Vol. II begins with the elegant “Euroshaman” which is much better than Eurotrash. Make no mistake, some European women certainly could please us. Lindstrom’s mini solos are brief stabs of ecstasy. Valo’s drumming is frenzied. When does this man rest? The overall effect of longer guitar solos backed by frantic drums is like rolling down the road on a skateboard easily and freely.
Next comes “Flatlined” which is savagely extraordinary in its simple complexity. The riffs and drums are just way fast throughout and Lindstrom wails at an appropriate level. When longer guitar chords hit behind the chorus the tune is given strength and heft. The guitar solo midway just shreds. Lindstrom’s solos are never too long. The man is a master.
“Neolithic Way” begins slowly like it might be Sabbath. Maybe Sabbath from Heaven and Hell but more melodic. The legend Dio never growled like Lindstrom. The guitar riffs are pure Metallica. Lindstrom thrashes his vocal chords while he growls and howls. Maybe that girlfriend just told him her brother’s going to kill him. Oh my. A sitar sound shows alarming breadth. Effects yield an other worldly feel heard in the best Floyd or later Beatles. The chorus is clear and really sets Lioneye apart in a good way. More Indian sounds near the end are great.
“The Mentat” reminds us of Pantera on The Great Southern Trendkill. The dearly departed Dimebag would appreciate Lindstrom’s heroic guitar. If Anselmo, the cagey one, has heard this band and isn’t jealous he fully digs Lindstrom’s howling. Anselmo’s howling is deeper but Lindstrom’s longer. Valo drums like he loves his people and their fate depends upon his drumming precision. The ending effects remind us of vintage Radiohead, another massive guitar band.
“I Have Never Wanted To Be Number One” features filtered vocals that sound distant and disengaged. The fast pace of drums and guitar beneath the vocals makes the separation engaging and leaves us stunned by the beauty of such an arrangement. Like red roses in full bloom. Effects that were probably caused by keys or drums near the middle while the song slows yield a nice change of pace. When Lindstrom shreds we’re ready because it’s not too loud. Also, there’s a chorus over the shredding that’s very melodic. Lioneye has melody to burn.
“Who Turned The Lights Out” displays guitar effects that remind us once again of Van Halen, especially at the beginning of “And The Cradle Will Rock….” Mikko Paananen’s bass makes a nice showing. His bass is hard to hear throughout Vol. II unless focusing on it because the guitar and drums are nonstop. The riffs near the beginning got our head moving and this is a rarity because we’re not easily impressed.
The closer “Kiss of the Cannibal” begins with light chiming sounds before the drums and riffs take hold. Lioneye can be both heavy and light like the best Queen. What sounds like dual bass drums provides a nice background. The slower riffs sound like Sabbath. The chorus sounds like a harder version of Billy Corgan’s wailing. Chimes end things nicely.
Daniel Lioneye is a side project that is better than most bands’ main group. The feeling we have at the end of the album is one of awe because these men rock ferociously yet lightly. Since things can change on a dime, we are grateful that the members of Lioneye made this slab of gold. We can only hope they continue in this vein.
RATING: 4 out of 4