Members of Judas Priest, Rainbow and Pantera have formed new metal supergroup, Elegant Weapons.
Elegant Weapons consists of former Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Pantera bassist Rex Brown, and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis.
The band are planning to drop their full-length debut album, Horns for a Halo, in spring 2023. The record was produced by Andy Sneap and will be released via Nuclear Blast Records.
“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,” said 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,” he added. “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’.”
Conner said, “I am such a huge fan of all the players involved, especially Richie. As a diehard Priest fan, I have enjoyed watching help breathe new life into the band and add to their incredible story and legacy. What an amazing player he is. People always focus on leads, and of course Richie is a master in that department, but I can listen to him play rhythm guitar all day long! His rhythm playing is just so tasteful and magical. I can’t wait for fans to hear this album and discover how multi-faceted he is.”
(Photo: Claudio Bergamin)
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