ELEGANT WEAPONS have recently released the debut album Horns For A Halo via Nuclear Blast. Comprised of Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Uriah Heep bassist Dave Rimmer, and Accept drummer Christopher Williams the album is an instant metal classic!
The Everblack Podcast spoke to Richie Faulkner about the debut Elegant Weapons album ‘Horns for a Halo’, new Judas Priest record, working with the late great actor and metal fan Sir Christopher Lee, upcoming tour and more!
Watch/listen to the interview here:
ELEGANT WEAPONS’ debut full-length, Horns for a Halo (produced by Faulkner’s PRIEST bandmate, Andy Sneap and featuring album performances by PANTERA’s Rex Brown and JUDAS PRIEST’s Scott Travis).
Producing is highly regarded Priest, Opeth, Megadeth, Saxon and Accept producer Andy Sneap, who has been respectful of Richie’s vision concerning a certain classic sound he wanted across the expanse of the record’s 11 songs (ten originals plus a cover of UFO’s “Lights Out”), and that is a signature Flying V through a Marshall Plexi amp.
As for the music, Richie describes it as “a mix of Jimi Hendrix, Priest, Sabbath, solo Ozzy and Black Label Society, but with a lot of 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.”
Elegant Weapons – ‘Horns for a Halo’ is out now via Nucelar Blast Records