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Symphony X bassist brings back classic heavy metal with his first solo album ever!
Symphony X bassist brings back classic heavy metal with his first solo album ever!
158 backers pledged $13,134 to help bring this project to life.

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WELCOME FRIENDS!

Well, 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.

THE ALBUM

The name of the project and the album will be called "Mike LePond's SILENT ASSASSINS". 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) is on vocals.

THE PLAN

At this point I am still in the recording process. With your kind help, my aim is to get this thing released by March, 2014. Reaching my $6000 goal will pay for the recording, mixing and mastering. All donations beyond that will go into the promotion. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! 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. THANKS!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk/challenge I will face with this project is how to successfully release the album without the help of a record company. The record company gives you an advance to record a CD, they advertise your band in all the popular magazines, they can get your product distributed worldwide, give you tour support, push you on radio and the list goes on and on.
There is only one way to pull this off. It is to ask the Kickstarter backers to be my record company! With the proper funding, I can do anything a record company can do, and do it better!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album "before" it's release and YOUR NAME in the thank you section of the album. You will also receive all prior rewards.

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    AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL CD "before" it's release with a HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU LETTER(free shipping!). You will also receive all prior rewards.

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    To the FIRST person who donates this amount, I will autograph MY BASS that I used to record the album and send it to you along with my good luck teddy bear(free shipping!). You will also receive all prior rewards.

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