Of Bird and Cage—Who is Mike LePond?

12 August, 2021

Best known as the bass guitarist of Symphony X, Mike LePond is one of the talented musicians who worked on Of Bird and Cage, a unique metal album presented through a two-hour-long story-driven game. What is his story as a musician? What other projects has he worked on? Find out in our article.

LePond’s destiny became tied to music when he attended a Kiss concert as a teenager. Seeing the group’s bass guitarist Gene Simmons play inspired LePond to get his own equipment and take. After working on his skills for some time lessons for some time, he met Michael Romeo in 1998 through a mutual friend. 

Michael Romeo was the guitarist of Symphony X and was one of the band’s founding members. After two tough auditions, LePond was accepted as a permanent member. ‘I have stayed with Symphony X because I truly believe we are the best metal band in the world and I still get excited to record CDs and tour with them,’ said LePond in an interview for K.K.Downing

Symphony X is a progressive metal band, currently consisting of Michael Romeo (guitar), Michael Pinnella (keyboard), Jason Rullo (drums), Russell Allen (vocals), and Mike LePond (bass). The first album Michael LePond worked on with the band was V: The New Mythology Suite, released in 2000 with lyrics inspired by the myth of the lost city of Atlantis.

As for his other projects, Michael LePond also joined a progressive rock/metal band formed by Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar and German guitar player Daniel Fries. The band released their first album, Harmagedon, in 2012. Connected to the belief that the world will end in Armageddon, the album puts biblical texts to music as well as descriptions of apocalyptic scenery mixed with themes of hope.

In 2014 LePond started another side project, the band Silent Assassins, with Alan Tecchio (Watchtower), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford), and Michael Romeo (Symphony X). The band released their first, self-titled album the same year, followed by Pawn And Prophecy in 2018.

The video game Of Bird and Cage is one of the most recent projects LePond has been involved in. It’s a two-hour-long story of trauma, violence, and madness accompanied by a powerful metal soundtrack. In the story, Gitta Barbot, a 25 year-old drug addict, tries to escape the physical and mental prison of her captor—Bres Lupus. Your choices will decide how the story ends.

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