SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond recently spoke to The Age Of Metal about his upcoming first-ever solo album, to be released under the banner MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud widget below.LePond previously stated about the upcoming CD: "It is a heavy metal/power metal record that combines all the influences of my favorite bands from the past and present. It is a full hour of headbanging riffs, kick-ass vocals, and epic tales. There is something in there for any style of metal you enjoy! Metal Mike (HALFORD, TESTAMENT) is on lead guitar and Alan Tecchio (AUTUMN HOUR, WATCHTOWER, HADES) is on vocals." Regarding the songwriting process for MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS, Mike says: "It's been an amazing two-year journey. Waking up late at night with melodies pounding in my brain, writing lyrics on coffee stained napkins, and obsessing over riffs for hours like a lunatic! But to see the fruits of my blood, sweat and tears finally come to life makes it all worth it. "This CD is all me. I wrote all the music, and all the lyrics. It is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done and I can't wait to share it with you." LePond has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6000 to pay for the recording, mixing and mastering of the MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS album, which he hopes to release by March. He says: "All donations beyond that will go into the promotion. The more funding I get, the more I can promote. Advertising, distribution, hiring a manager, hiring a public relations firm, merchandising, radio promotion, touring, making videos etc, all require tremendous outlays of money. Anything you donate will be 'greatly appreciated, and if you can't donate, please help me spread the word."