Today marks the official unveiling of MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS’ anticipated new full-length, Whore Of Babylon! Forging a union between the mighty worlds of heavy metal and ancient history, Whore Of Babylon serves as the band’s third studio album and is a no-holds barred, gauntlet-thrown, true heavy metal mission led by LEPOND, known worldwide as one of the foremost bass virtuosos in heavy metal music and a member of progressive metal band Symphony X.
In celebration of its release, the band has delivered a new video for the track “Tell Tale Heart.” Offers LEPOND, “Take the ultimate journey through darkness and death with my metal movie score to Poe’s classic story. This song is epic and one of my proudest moments.”
View MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS’ “Tell Tale Heart” at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released videos “Dracul Son,” “Ironborn,” and “Ides of March” HERE.
Whore Of Babylon was recorded between various tours with Symphony X in Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s home studio. LEPOND also plays all rhythm guitars, while the core of SILENT ASSASSINS – vocalist Alan Tecchio and guitarist Lance Barnewold – remains unchanged. From the scintillating fury of “Dracul Son” to the baroque mystery of the title track, with Whore Of Babylon LEPOND has written and produced the sort of album that traditional metalheads have been dreaming of. Amidst the furious aural assault, LEPOND also marches through the tales of some of history’s most fascinating and brutal characters.
MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS’ Whore Of Babylon is out now on Silver Lining Music on CD and digital formats. D2C bundles are also available. For orders, go to THIS LOCATION.
As the world spins on an axis weirder and crazier than any of us could’ve predicted even a month ago, there is more purpose and value in knowing your history than ever before. When that learning is wrapped in the sort of molten metal that is Whore Of Babylon, education becomes so much better. Listening to MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS is a gateway to halting the cycle of human ignorance: a sentence you might’ve thought you’d never read, but one which can most certainly bear the finest of fruit… that and it will push your speakers to the brink of metal-motivated madness.
“With Whore Of Babylon, MLSA reminds us that the power of the riff, an intriguing lyric, and melodic heaviness are at the core of our beloved genre of music. There is a purity to the songs on Whore Of Babylon that is true to the rawness of heavy music. This is not about perfection but instinctive performance…” — Metal Nation
“MIKE LEPOND and his enthusiastic band mates show once again how well done and powerful heavy metal should sound. Without losing the basic structures, LEPOND gives this album so many twists and turns that you want to press the start button again.” — Markus Heavy Music Blog
“In simple terms, this is just good heavy metal music, in its classic definition. There are elements of power metal, prog metal, speed metal, folk metal, and just straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, but the riffs and attack here hearken to the genre’s first halcyon days without sounding dated or wistful. LEPOND and his crew use motifs and styles from across the decades to prove that metal is every bit as relevant today as it’s ever been. There are some quieter moments, but overall, Whore Of Babylon is a ferocious and heavy experience.” — Metal Asylum
“While the Silent Assassins’ third album is more varied than their past efforts, it never loses sight of their proud bombast. Whore of Babylon isn’t a subtle effort by any stretch of the imagination, featuring enthusiastic performances and electrifying theatrics regardless of the mood at hand. It’s a reflection of everything that has made them such an enjoyable act to follow…” — Ghost Cult
“Always striving to get better at his craft, Whore of Babylon delivers exciting songs in a variety of catchy metal arrangements while being very engaging and dynamic. Let’s hope that once the pandemic clears, he can bring this material to some live stages, as he has all the tools to create some memorable shows.” — Dead Rhetoric
“…a bombastic and over the top metal experience…” — Wormwood Chronicles“Not even a sniff of a filler song, every track is so enjoyable and the musicianship is just so well executed…” – Metal Planet Music
“…Come for the dark tales and crushing riffs, but stay for the lofty choruses and virtuoso displays…” – Sonic Perspectives
“MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS gives metal fans another vibrant and entertaining album of well-crafted melodic heavy power metal, with more than a few twists and surprises.” – Danger Dog
MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS:
Mike LePond – four/eight-string basses, rhythm/acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Alan Tecchio – lead/backing vocals
Lance Barnewold – lead guitars on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
Rod Rivera – lead guitars on tracks 4, 5, 10
Sarah Teets – flute, lead, backing vocals on track 5
Michael Romeo – drum programming, keyboards, orchestration, mandolin
Michael Pinnella – piano on track 3, organ on track 10, backing vocals