September 27, 2023
Elegant Weapons

Does the prospect of a Judas Priest/Pantera/Rainbow supergroup give you goosebumps? If you’ve given a positive response here, 2023 is going to bring you much joy and excitement, as that’s when Elegant Weapons, the aforementioned ministry of all talents, are set to debut with Horns for a Halo.

The band features Judas Priest duo Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis, on guitar and drums, respectively, Pantera’s Rex Brown on bass, and Rainbow/Michael Schenker Group alumni Ronnie Romero, and having signed with Nuclear Blast, their debut album is being recorded by Andy Sneap, Faulkner’s six-string sidekick in Priest’s touring band, and the acclaimed producer for Priest, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage and others.

“It’s exciting to be part of a label like Nuclear Blast that has such a rich history and level of respect among fans and the music industry,” says Richie Faulkner. “Monte Conner [Nuclear Blast VP A&R] knows Andy Sneap well, and Andy has always held Monte and label in very high regard. Monte has loved the record from the very early demo stages. It’s very valuable and important to me that the label I sign with understand and connect with the music.

“This record represents for me more of my DNA as a guitar player and a songwriter. Heavy, but moving slightly outside the realms of ‘heavy metal.’ Those roots are obvious, but I wanted to reach in a bit and see what else came out that wasn’t necessarily ‘expected’.”

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