Tracii Gunns and Michael Sweet on the unlikely story behind their black metal-inspired side-project, Sunbomb

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”Do you guys both agree we should have named the band Guns N’ Moses?” Stryper’s Michael Sweet is asking this question, straight-faced, to Guitar World over Zoom. But the singer-guitarist isn’t referring to his long-running Christian metal crew. He’s talking about Sunbomb – the new side-project from L.A. Guns’ mainman Tracii Guns. Before we can parse Sweet’s deadpan delivery, Guns, who’s also on the call, bursts into laughter: “I agree with that!”

Jokes aside, the question does highlight a seeming paradox surrounding Sunbomb: how in the world did a nice guy like Sweet find himself singing over Guns’ heavier-than-ever exploration of black-metal-tinged doom and classic heavy metal?

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Brad Angle

Brad is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and video producer. He is the former content director of Revolver magazine and executive editor of Guitar World. His work has appeared in Vice, Guitar Aficionado, Inked and more. He’s also a die-hard Les Paul player who wishes he never sold his 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee half stack.