Mike Lepond`s Silent Assassins : “Pawn and Prophecy” CD & Digital 26th January 2018 on Frontiers Music. USA Heavy Metal band. Mike Lepond is back with an awesome album, this time playing solo bass with distortion and even doing some special parts in the vein of Cliff Burton and Joey DeMaio giving a nice teint in this new album.
Eight songs having each a different touch and feel with groove and power. Alan Tecchio singing abilities are such amazing than you can hear all the great singers who have sung in Heavy Metal for decades. Vocal tunes and music reminding Sancturay, Agent Steel, Anthrax, Manowar, Iron Maiden, King Diamond…it is on itself an history of Heavy Metal ‘s life.
An awesome team giving powerful creations to get you addicted and head bang for days. Every bands in which Mike plays is a pearl in the style. Once again a cover artwork reminding life history. I can’t stop listening to this album such it is entertaining and reminds me of other bands mixed together giving a powerful and amazing feeling of happiness.
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First track “Masters of the Hall” just kick right in the butt and powers the albums to get to high top hills, going through the sixth song “Hordes of Fire” to slightly change musical direction and slowing down a bit. “The Mulberry Tree” seventh track is on the folk Irish style music joining what Ritchie Blackmore is doing at the moment.
That song has a nice classical guitar part and a very dancing feel like they used to do in the sixteen century.. well imagination suddenly comes crossing my mind; a story sounding a bit like a love story in a “peace and love” way. Really great composition and the musicians had a lot of fun I am sure playing it.
The eighth song “Pawn and Prophecy” starting with a nice bass solo to jump to the kind of Alestorm funny dancing feel with nice melodies and keeping the heavy side. Pretty much a strong bass song but not instrumental with female vocals sending you into another univers kinda Kate Bush. Then ending like an awesome Heavy Metal power such as Grip Inc, Judas Priest, Helloween, Ian Gillan..and the singer Alan is back. A very strong song with many passages following a story that makes it a great ending to finish that powerful masterpiece. A very long song but what a pleasure! The end goes way out of control reminding Jack Black ‘s The pick of destiny…
You will all bow down for this album that deserves an award for the amazing musician creation it brings, I’m speechless you need this in your collection 100/100.