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Judas Priest & Rainbow Supergroup Elegant Weapons Share Debut Single

25 February 2023 | 9:49 am | Mary Varvaris
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Blind Leading The Blind is out now - the album Horns For A Halo will be released on 26 May through Nuclear Blast.

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The biggest heavy metal supergroup in ages has appeared, and they're called Elegant Weapons.

Featuring Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, drummer Christopher Williams (Accept), bassist Dave Rimmer (Uriah Heep) and the Spanish vocalist of Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group, Ronnie Romero, the group have revealed their debut single, Blind Lead The Blind and announced that their debut album, Horns For A Halo will be released on 26 May through Nuclear Blast.

The original iteration of the band announced in October included Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis and Pantera bassist Rex Brown. While the pair are no longer permanent band members, they still contributed to the new music. Judas Priest's touring guitarist and Firepower producer, Andy Sneap (whose production credits include Opeth, Arch Enemy, and Killswitch Engage), also handled the reins of producing the band's debut album.

A rock and roll number, Blind Lead The Blind, is accessible to rock and metal fans. Romero, known for vocal performances that resemble the legendary Ronnie James Dio, isn't the main star like he is with Rainbow. The hero of Elegant Weapons is Faulkner, with an incredible guitar tone and soulful solos. Check out the song below and pre-order the album here.

Faulkner has described the band's 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 ... 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."

Discussing the title track, he also said that's the only acoustic song on the album. "[It's] 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 Judgment Day, will the angels kind of confuse our horns for halos, if you know what I mean."

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