Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins third album ‘Whore Of Babylon’ is set for release on 29 May via Silver Lining Music and ahead of this they have today released a video for the first single ‘Dracul Son’.
Recorded between tours with Symphony X, ‘Whore Of Babylon’ is a no-holds barred Heavy Metal album and regales with tales of some of history’s most fascinating and brutal characters. As well as fantastic bass, LePond also plays all rhythm guitars on the album, while the core of Silent Assassins remains the same.
LePond told MetalTalk: “Alan Tecchio (vocals) has been with me from the beginning, and possesses such an incredible amount of range and power that we’re always gonna work together, and just like Lance Barnewold (guitars), he will definitely be in a touring situation.
“Jamming with these guys is a no stress situation. There are no egos, there’s no bullshit, it’s just love of this metal music that drives us all, and I think you can clearly hear that on Whore Of Babylon.”
“Years ago, I started to watch a lot of the History Channel, and something flipped in my head. I never wanted to write about hot chicks and stuff like that, so when I started to learn more about history, I knew that the marriage of history with old school crushing metal riffs would be great, epic, and powerful.
“I wrote the first two solo albums on that premise, and this new album is another step up on that model. Vlad The Impaler and Countess Bathory? These are epic historical tales! Take the story of ‘The Whore Of Babylon,’ which in my interpretation was this demonic woman who seduces you, takes you to hell and takes your soul.
“Come on! That is some story, and it just matches up with this glorious music perfectly. All these stories do, and I hope that people will be stimulated into seeking more information and learning even more about these amazing figures. Epic tales go with epic metal!”
Watch Mike run though the track here, with guitar riff explanations:
Watch ‘Dracul Son’ in full here: