Elegant WeaponsClaudio Bergamin

Judas Priest, Pantera, Etc. Members Unite In New Supergroup Elegant Weapons


Elegant Weapons is the name of a new supergroup featuring members and alumni of Judas Priest, Pantera, Rainbow and more. The group are readying their debut album “Horns For A Halo” for a spring release through Nuclear Blast.

The band’s ranks shape up as follows:

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Vocals: Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, MSG)
Guitarist: Riche Faulkner (Judas Priest)
Bass: Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.)
Drums: Scott Travis (Judas Priest)

The group recorded the aforementioned album with producer (and current Judas Priest touring guitarist) Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth). Faulkner commented of the album and signing with Nuclear Blast:

“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. 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’.”

Faulkner further stated of the project:

“I’ve always wanted to make a record with Scott outside of Priest. Add to that Rex Brown’s unmistakable tone and attitude is something special. Having those guys as the rhythm section is a guitar players dream. The icing on the cake was Ronnie Romero. One of the new breed of instantly classic vocalists, Ronnie brought a character and a swagger to the songs that is instantly iconic, making these songs his own.”

Faulkner also elaborated on what to expect from the band, describing their sound as:

“…A mix of Jimi Hendrix, Priest, Sabbath, solo Ozzy and Black Label Society – heavy, catchy, and with melody. Sort of old school and modern at once if that makes any sense, and actually down-tuned a whole step.

The Marshall Plexi basically does one thing, but you’ve got to crank it to 11 for it to have that distorted sound. It hasn’t got a lot of bells and whistles on it or different channels and effects. It basically does one thing and does it very well. But again down-tuning creates more of a modern sound, and by using the classic sound of the Marshall Plexi, you get that juxtaposition, that contrast.

All told, there are a lot of guitar solos and the songs are on the heavier side. And even though there’s a lot of melody, it’s still going to shake your bones.”

He continued:

“Me and acoustic don’t really get along, so there’s only one mellow song on it, a sort of smoky, haunted, New Orleans kind of tune called ‘Ghost Of You,’ with de-tuned 1920s piano on it. That one is about a memory, or ghost of a lost love. But that’s about as acoustic as it gets. I’m not really attracted to acoustic guitar in general.

It’s mainly kind of heavy and full-on, really. There’s a song called ‘White Horse,’ plus ‘Horns For A Halo’, which is like Tony Iommi crossed with Alice In Chains. That’s about the way we justify the bad things we do. When we turn up on Judgement Day, will the angels kind of confuse our horns for halos, if you know what I mean.”

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