Elegant Weapons, new band with Ronnie Romero, Richie Faulkner, Scott Travis and Rex Brown | Metal Journal

Elegant Weapons is the new band that presents nuclear blast. They have defined it as a ‘super group’ and it brings together Ronnie Romero (voice, Rainbow, MSG…), Richie Faulkner (guitar, Judas Priest), Scott Travis (drums, Judas Priest) and Rex Brown (bass, Panther, ). This surprising band will release their debut album, Horns For A Halospring 2023. Andy Sneap will produce and Nuclear Blast Records the label that will publish it.

“It’s exciting to be a 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. “Mount Conner [Nuclear Blast VP A&R] knows Andy Sneap well, and Andy has always held Monte and the label in very high regard. Monte has loved the record since the early demo stages. It is very valuable and important to me that the label he signs with understands and connects with the music. This album represents for me more of my DNA as a guitarist and composer. Heavy, but moving slightly outside of the ‘heavy metal’ realms. Those roots are obvious, but I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what else came out that wasn’t necessarily ‘expected’.”

Formation of Elegant Weapons

For Richie Faulkner, the Elegant Weapons is a “dream training”. “I always wanted to make a record with Scott outside of Priest. Add to that the unmistakable tone and attitude of Rex Brown, it’s something special. Having those guys as a rhythm section is a guitar player’s dream. The icing on the cake was Ronnie Romero. One of the new generation of instantly classic vocalists, Ronnie brought a character and swagger to the songs making them immediately iconic and making these songs his own.”defines Faulkner.


As for the music, Richie describes it as “a mix of Jimi Hendrix, Priest, Sabbath, Ozzy solo and Black Label Society: heavy, catchy and melodic. Kind of old-school and modern at the same time if that makes any sense, and really a whole step down-tune. The Marshall Plexi basically does one thing, but you have to turn it up to 11 to get that distorted sound. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles or different channels and effects. It basically does one thing and it does it very well. But again, tuning down creates a more modern sound, and by using the classic Marshall Plexi sound, you get that juxtaposition, that contrast. In total, there are a lot of guitar solos and the songs are heavier. And even though there’s a lot of melody, it will still shake your bones.”

Faulkner delves further into the new songs: “Acoustic and I don’t really hit it off, so there’s just one soft song, kind of a smoky, haunted, New Orleans tune called ‘Ghost of You,’ with 1920s piano. It’s about a memory, or ghost. of a lost love But that’s about as acoustic as it gets. I’m not really into acoustic guitar in general. It’s mostly a bit heavy and full, really. There’s a song called ‘White Horse’, as well as ‘Horns for a Halo’, which is like Tony Iommi crossed over with Alice in Chains. That’s how we justify the bad things we do. When we appear on Judgment Day, will the angels mistake our horns for halos, if you know what I mean?

In the words of Monte Conner: “I am a huge fan of all the musicians involved, especially Richie. As a die-hard fan of Priest, I have enjoyed seeing how he has helped breathe new life into the band and how he has added to his incredible history and legacy. What an amazing musician he is! People always focus on solos and of course Richie is a master in that department but I can hear him play rhythm guitar all day! His playing is so graceful and magical… I can’t wait for fans to listen to this album and discover how multi-faceted it is.”

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