Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – “Whore Of Babylon”

Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – “Whore Of Babylon” (Silver Lining Music)
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Wow, there are so many good songs on this album it’s hard to choose any favourites! Anyone who thinks that modern heavy metal is dead should check out this incredible release by Silent Assassins, cos it’s totally stoked to the gills with everything a headbanger could dream of, thanks to the talents of Symphony X bassist Mike LePond – and the awesome band he has put around him, together forging 10 tracks stoked in the fires of metal gods like Maiden, Priest, Saxon and Manowar.  Joining LePond, who plays 4 and 8 string basses are vocalist Alan Tecchio (Watchtower, Hades, Seven Witches), guitarists Lance Barnewold (Fate Breaks Dawn) and Rod Rivera (DeadRisen), flautist / vocalist Sarah Teets (MindMaze), and Symphony X members Michael Pinnella (piano) and Michael Romeo, here handling drum programming, keyboards, orchestration, mandolin – wow! Conceptually influenced by tales taken from history, “Whore of Babylon” brilliantly fuses these epic legends with elite level musicianship to match in every conceivable way – and with no expense spared whatsoever. Like I said, there were so many tracks that stole my soul but ‘Tell Tale Heart’ was simply unforgettable thanks to the mesmerising vocal performance of Tecchio, whose jaw dropping highs indeed grace the rest of this album, along with its stirring power metal chorus, all the while laced with neo classical and heavy metal guitar work, epic keyboards, LePonds own basslines, double bass drumming and to top it all off, a jazzy piano at the end – incredible! Bringing in the mandolin and acoustic guitars to create the instantly grabbing folk melody to ‘Night Of The Long Knives’, the epic guitars and huge chorus only add to the stirring appeal of this beautiful medieval song, made all the more exotic by exquisite flamenco guitars and Arabic tablas, thus making it unforgettable. Adding its delicate touch, the flute of Sarah Teets on ‘Champion’, along with her lead vocals is truly moving on this ballad, and as the song wraps itself around your heart, be it through the emotional guitars, LePond’s bass solo only serves to fill it to the brim with undying love. Ending with ‘Avalon’, whose medieval folk melodies are brought to life brilliantly once again by LePond’s bass and Romeo’s mandolin, the song unfolds dramatically as the epic guitars sound the charge unto a massive chorus resonating a knightly purity of passion through its soaring backing vocals and led by Tecchio’s faultless performance exuding emotion. Indeed, this 8 1/2 minute wonder is as poignant and powerful as the album’s message to learn from history in not making the same mistakes of others who them before. “Whore Of Babylon” is truly a spectacle in every sense….
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