As reported by Consequence, there is a new metal supergroup called Elegant Weapons, which features members of Pantera, Judas Priest, and Rainbow! Specifically, on drums and guitar you have Judas Priest members Scott Travis and Richie Faulkner, respectively; Pantera bassist Rex Brown is on, well, bass. And Ronnie Romero of Rainbow is taking on the role of vocalist!
The band is excited to release their debut album, titled Horns for a Halo, next year; the album will be released via Nuclear Blast. Via a press release regarding this news, Richie Faulkner shares the following: “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.’”
The Judas Priest guitarist adds, “I’ve always wanted to make a record with Scott [Travis] 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.”
We are looking forward to hearing the music of Elegant Weapons!! Keep a look out via The Pit for updates regarding this new metal supergroup.