Interview by Robert Cavuoto
For metal fans, the wait is finally over! Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest fame will unleash Elegant Weapons’ debut album, Horns for a Halo, on May 26th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Elegant Weapons features multiple high-profile musicians, including Pantera’s Rex Brown [bass], Judas Priest’s Scott Travis [drums], Rainbow/Michael Schenker Ronnie Romero [vocal], Uriah Heep’s Dave Rimmer [bass], and Accept’s Christopher Williams [drums]. Fellow Judas Priest bandmate Andy Sneap produced the album.
Richie and his bandmates deliver Rock n Roll with a hard-edge punch and promises the same for every song on Horns for a Halo. The first three singles are fiercely powerful, and Richie cranks up the energy level to take listeners on a journey, expressing himself and bending sound as well as listeners’ minds. Songs like “Do or Die,” “Blind Leading the Blind,” and the title track “Horns for a Halo” are fast, furious, and dripping with attitude that showcases the band’s aggressive and diverse playing styles. Once the album is released, the band plans on hitting the road in 2023.
The over-arching mandate of Elegant Weapons is to perpetuate the rich legacy of traditional hard rock and heavy metal invented by Richie’s musical heroes Thin Lizzy, Jimi Hendrix, UFO, Metallica, as well as Judas Priest. Pre-orders for Horns for a Halo can be found here: https://ew.bfan.link/horns-for-a-halo
In my interview with Richie Faulkner shares, he has always wanted to be in a band with dynamic and collaborative writing; whether with Priest of Elegant Weapons, why Horns for a Halo had to sound different than Priest, how he lives for playing live and the albums facilitates his goal, and their upcoming tour. He also discussed that Priest have a few working titles for the new album, and the level of dedication they have put into this next album, the tour, and performances has to be better than what was done prior! Be sure to listen to our discussion, and please follow My Global Mind on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
ELEGANT WEAPONS will also soon be hitting the road in Europe beginning in June and running through July, which will include performances with Pantera, festival appearances, and also headlining their own shows. Tickets to the shows can be purchased via this link: https://bnds.us/u7tlvx
“We are very much looking forward to touring and our first tour dates are taking place in Europe starting in June 2023. Fans can expect heavy songs with catchy melodies, great vocals and lots of riffs! We all live to play live, and can’t wait to take the Elegant Weapons out onto the live stage.”
Monday 12 Czech Republic, Prague – O2 Arena (With Pantera)
Tuesday 13 Germany, Berlin – Verti (With Pantera)
Friday 16 France, Clisson – Hellfest
Sunday 18 Belgium, Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
Tuesday 20 The Netherlands, Amsterdam – Afas (With Pantera)
Wednesday 21 Germany, Hamburg – Edel Optics (With Pantera)
Friday 23 Switzerland, Zurich – Komplex
Sunday 25 Spain, Murcia – Rock Imperium Festival
Monday 26 Spain, Madrid – Mon Club
Wednesday 28 Portugal, Lisbon – Evil Live Festival
Thursday 29 Spain, Viveiro – Resurrection Festival
Sunday 2 Italy, Bologna – Return Of The Gods Festival
Sunday 30 UK, Ebbw Vale – Steelhouse Festival
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), will be dropping May 26th via Nuclear Blast Records, and can already be pre-ordered: https://ew.bfan.