Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – “Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins”

A review by Progressive Music Planet

Progressive Music Planet

Mike LePond's Silent AssassinsMany artists have preserved their sanity with side projects. Symphony X is a band with a few side projects from its members. Most notable being Russell Allen’s involvement with Adrenaline Mob, which I really dislike. Fortunately, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins are nothing like Adrenaline Mob obviously. This project gives the bassist free reign and he takes full advantage.

Musically (and even lyrically), it isn’t THAT far from Symphony X at times. That being said, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins do things that Symphony X do not do or haven’t done for a while. The self-titled album feels like Symphony X meets Overkill at an Iron Maiden concert.

Mike plays rhythm guitar in addition to bass and wrote the entire record. Watchtower vocalist Alan Tecchio gives an amazing performance and channels Bruce Dickinson now and then. But Mike LePond’s bass always leads the way. Whether it’s an intro to a track or…

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Symphony X – Underworld (July 2015)

Under a New Moon

Symphony X - Underworld

Symphony X is a band who has hardly put a foot wrong in their 20+ year long career, their latest album Underworld is no exception. While their last album, 2011’s Iconoclast took a heavier, groovier direction, this one fuses that with their trademark progressive power metal. Russell Allen’s vocals are much more powerful and commanding than anything he’s done in the last couple of years while Michael Romeo’s are just as heavy and technical as ever. Few bands can still deliver the goods but this is a more than worthy addition to the bands back catalogue.

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Fireland present new single – Power metal from Chile

I already wrote about Fireland’s first release back then, and since it has been re-released for Europe by the German Power Prog label.

Now the new album is coming up and here is the first single out on youtube.

For me, it’s ok powermetal, nothing outstanding but quite solid. Only the lyrics are a bit of a turn off for me, too shallow and cliche I think. But still, a listenable track. Let’s see what the album will bring