Metal Noticias PT gives to Loudness Magazine the oportunity to interview Symphony X bass player’s to tell us about his new project “Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins”.
Find out here more about this new project!
Hello Mike, It is a huge pleasure to have the opportunity to interview you and ask you some questions about your work as an artist, especially about your own name project Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins.
[LM] This is your own name project where you play alongside with other musicians. How did you come up with this team of musicians and vocalists?
[Mike] I live in New Jersey, USA and I wanted musicians that lived here too so I could go to the studio with them. I assembled the best talent this area has to offer. I had worked with all these musicians in the past so it was a painless process.
[LM] Why did you start this plan to create your own project? What were your main reasons and objectives?
[Mike] My first love has always been classic heavy metal and I had always dreamed of releasing an album in this genre. I thought it would also be a perfect side project when Symphony X is off the road.
[LM] Can you talk a little about the entire process of the conception of this whole work since the recording sessions, creating the artwork and choosing the records company?
[Mike] The entire process took 3 years. I did all the writing on the Symphony X tour bus. Then I had to find the right musicians which took more time. After the recording I had to find the right record company and promote. It was an exhausting task.
[LM] Let’s stop with all the speculation. Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins music is clearly different from Symphony X style. Is it true that these songs are homage to the greatest bands in Heavy Metal history? “Apocalypse Rider” is totally Motorhead style, right? Tell us a bit more about this great tribute and its influences.
[Mike] Yes Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins is my tribute to the greatest metal bands that ever lived. They have made me what I am today. For example, Apocalypse Rider comes from my Motorhead influence. I tried to capture their raw, in your face sound on this song.
[LM] The creative process is done essentially by you or do the other musicians on the project also contribute with ideas and musical influences?
[Mike] On this album I wrote the music and lyrics, but Alan Tecchio would sing to it in his own unique style. The same goes for the other instruments. It was a like a band collaboration.
[LM] Regarding the lyrics, who wrote it? With a name like Silent Assassins and with a figure that seems to invoke the Trojan Horse, the inspiration for the lyrics comes from this moment in history?
[Mike] I love history, mythology, and literature. I think these epic tales fit perfect with Heavy Metal music. I wanted every song to be it’s own little story. For example, Silent Assassins was written about the Greek warriors who were hiding inside the Trojan horse.
[LM] The album was released in 2014 and we are already in 2015. During this year did you have many concerts? How has been the public reaction to this work?
[Mike] Since it’s release 1 year ago, I am pleased with the reaction from the metal world and the Symphony X fans. The reviews have been outstanding and it is still growing. I have not done shows yet but I am assembling a live band right now to play in the future.
[LM] Between September and October, you will go on tour with Symphony X around North America. Do you have plans for a European tour with a date in Portugal? And what about with Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins project?
[Mike] Symphony X returns to Europe in February 2016 and I am told we will play a date in Portugal. I would love the Silent Assassins to tour Europe someday as well.
[LM] We imagine that in the period ahead you will have a lot of activities now that Symphony X just released a new disc. How has been the combining of agendas between Symphony X and your own name project (or Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins project)?
[Mike] I will be very busy over the next two years. Symphony X will be touring the world. I will use this opportunity to continue to introduce Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins to our fans on the road. I will also be writing a second record.
[LM] Finally, how do you define the project’s Mike LePond Silent Assassins?
[Mike] Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins is true heavy metal CD. It is raw, pure, and made with a lot of love.
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