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Review: Mike LePond's Silent Assassins - Whore of Babylon
Mike LePond's Silent Assassins
Whore of Babylon

Label: Silver Lining Music
Year released: 2020
Duration: 53:52
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 11, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Whore of Babylon

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Whore of Babylon is the third album from omnipresent bassist Mike LePond and his solo band, Silent Assassins. I've heard LePond's work a million times as he's been in a million bands, as a member or guest, and even seen him live with both Symphony X and Ross the Boss but never realized he had his own band. Can't keep track of everything. Anyway, Silent Assassins plays crunchy power metal underpinned by LePond's thunderous and acrobatic bass and voiced by Alan Tecchio from Watchtower (among others). Power metal is a great genre for these guys to flex their musical muscles and LePond's fingers fly over his bass delivering everything from booming bottom end to Lemmy-like rhythm work while Tecchio screams and wails like a maniac. Oh, and there are no flies on Lance Barnewold's guitar work, but this album is more of a showcase for LePond and Tecchio. Most of the songwriting is pure headbanging metal from the machine gun beats of "Dracul Son" to the thrashy overtones of "Tell Tale Heart" and "Lady Bathory." There's a bit of '70s hard rock à la early Rainbow in the eastern melodies of the title track and even a Running Wild-esque sea shanty in "Night of the Long Knives." Everything is kick ass, so you won't mind some of the familiar echoes you might pick up. No molds were broken by Silent Assassins but that shouldn't stop you from grabbing this one and won't prevent you from putting your fist in the air.

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