Stylish weaponsthe new band featuring the guitarist Richie Faulkner (Judas priest) and singer Ronnie Romero (RainbowAnd MSG), will debut live this spring. group that has been rounded before Dave Rimmer (Uriah Heep) on the bass and Christopher Williams (Acceptance) on drums, she has so far announced her following appearances at the 2023 European Festivals:
June 16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jul 02 – Bologna, Italy @ Return of the Gods
Stylish weaponsfirst album, “trumpets for halo”Will arrive in the spring via Nuclear blast records. An LP was recorded with the guitarist Rex Brown (PanteraAnd lowest) and a drummer Scott Travis (Judas priest) It was directed by a famous British producer Andy Snapewith whom he had previously worked Judas priestAnd AcceptanceAnd exodus And megaamong many others.
regarding Stylish weapons band name, Faulkner He said, “In almost any endeavor, a craftsman needs the right tools for the job. To a musician, these are things like their instruments and their voices and the emotions that the right combination of all these can display. You may also take it as a reference to the instruments we play, for they are almost antiquity.” Now.So yeah, it refers to our instruments and also this kind of music, where we carry on the traditions of the greats like Sabbath And DIO But also the gangs the guys are associated with, like RainbowAnd Pantera And a priest. “
Richie And rex They were friends for years, until when Richie was recording “trumpets for halo” During the pandemic, he invited his friend to record bass for the album.
“we will, rex It brings a sound that is, first and foremost, unlike any other bass.” Richie. “The way he plays the bass is instantly recognizable. But I got caught up in it rexYou know, like with a lot of things we do, as human beings, really — we partied as friends first. But rex He has a great way of hearing the way the bass parts and drums interact together. I mean, rexParts just breathe grit, life and dynamism into the songs. So it’s a pleasure to have his name on the record and certainly a pleasure to get to know him and make him a friend – he’s a legend.”
As for Travissharing with LP, Faulkner He said, “I’ve always wanted to record with Scott Play it outside a priest. His style and style are legendary but so is his groove.”
When it came to live show, no other bass player considered otherwise Rimmer. Dave And Richie They date back over 20 years and have been playing pubs and bars in London and England together, night out, night out for many years. Their musical relationship is almost telepathic in the way they communicate, from that early hard graft together on the circle.
“Dave He is an untouchable player.” Richie He said. In voice, style, and presence. A killer writer, too, who contributes great vocals Uriah Heep. A great friend and a great musician.”
When it came to choosing a drummer for the touring band, it was a no-brainer Richie To recruit a fellow Nashville resident and good friend williams. Christopher He played and recorded the initial demos for “trumpets for halo” album, and was the obvious choice for the drum position. An exceptional player, a great personality and a skilled professional.
Finally, there’s a new hot shot on the scene, RomeroChilean born now living in Eastern Europe.
“Ronniethis heritage RichieAnd he nailed his parts in a week, and that was a testament, really, to how good a guy he was and how good a fit he was. And he’s just such a lovely guy, and I think he’s one of a dying breed. There aren’t many people like him. There are good singers like him. [Rob] Halford And [Ronnie James] duet, but there are not many of them. It really is something special. when he sings with RainbowObviously, it looks like duetbut when he sings this stuff, there’s something that comes out of him — he’s his own beast, with his own trademark quality, and he’s an important must-have.”
Produce a priestTouring guitarist for the past five years snapwho was respected RichieVision in regards to a certain classic sound he wanted across the entirety of the recording’s eleven songs (ten originals plus a cover UFO‘s “Turn off the lights”), and this is the Flying V’s signature through the Marshall Plexi amplifier.
“With Marshall Plexi, I’m really back in the ’70s,” he reckoned Faulkner. And, you know, it’s only one channel. And I was using a prototype Flying V by Gibson, which is a blue Flying V with signature pickups, which I’ve been using on a priest a tour. I used it on the entire record, every track. So it’s a pretty straightforward technology – Flying V through Marshall at 11.”
As for the music Richie He described it as “a combination of Jimi HendrixAnd a priestAnd Sabbathsolo Ozzy And Black Label Society, but with a lot of melody, kind of old school and modern all at once if that makes any sense, and actually a full step tuned. The Marshall Plexi basically does one thing, but you have to turn it up to 11 for it to have that distorted sound. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles or different channels and effects. It basically does one thing and does it well. But then again, lower tuning results in a more modern sound, and with the classic sound of the Marshall Plexi, you get that juxtaposition, that contrast. Finally, there are plenty of guitar solos and the vocals are on the heavier side. And although there is a lot of melody, it will shake your bones.”
particular songs, Richie He explained that, “Me and Acoustic don’t really get along, so there’s only one quiet song on it, kind of a hazy, haunted, New Orleans tone called ‘your ghost’, with a modified 1920s piano. This is about a memory, or ghost of a lost love. But that’s as vocal as it gets. I’m not really attracted to acoustic guitar in general. It’s kind of heavy and blocky, really. There is a song called ‘White horse’Plus “horns to halo”which is like Tony Iommi crossed with Alice in Chains. This is about the way we justify the bad things we do. When we come on Judgment Day, will the angels mix our horns with halos, if you know what I mean. Then there “Rose Girl”, which has a bit of a ’60s psychedelic hippie vibe to it. It’s about a rose girl who sells roses to patrons at a strip club, and thinks about what her life is all about.”
Besides telling these stories, there is another mandate for the band Richie To suggest more than he can across a a priest Record, his voice or style as it relates to the guitar.
“Yeah, whatever you do, without sounding pretentious, is trying to find your own voice and extension of your voice,” he said. “I’ve been in cover bands my whole life, and then you find yourself replacing them KK Downing And she’s like, “Now what am I going to say?” I can’t look KK Downing. I can’t look Eddie Van Halen. I can’t look Zak Wilde. So it refines and hones what your voice is, and it continually refines what that voice is. And hopefully when people listen to it, they’ll think, “Oh, this Richie“In every song, every single, I hope there’s that sound, that story, that sound, and hopefully it stands the test of time.”
But in fact, blanket authorization with Stylish weapons is to perpetuate the rich legacy of traditional primal power metal invented by the heavy metal giants of the 1970s and 1980s, and most relevant Judas priest.
“The four of us have the original DNA in us, and so do the new generation of traditional heavy metal fans,” Richie He said. Maybe a band like Stylish weaponsI hope we have the credibility to make those original groups proud, because the members of those groups and their fans accepted us. That’s really the idea behind Stylish weapons — to continue raising the flag for this timeless heavy metal style.”