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Alien Weaponry

From: New Zealand
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Latest Alien Weaponry News

Below is our complete Alien Weaponry news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Dimmu Borgir, Godflesh added to Brutal Assault '19

In an announcement sure to please black metal fans, Brutal Assault Festival reveals that Dimmu Borgir will be taking to the stage at Fortress Josehov, Czech Republic. Industrial pioneers Godflesh have also been added to the bill - they last played the festival in 2015.

More bands revealed in this update include legendary thrash bands Anthrax and Sacred Reich. Iron Reagan, Prong, The Ocean, Thy Art is Murder, After The Burial and The Obsessed are just some of the other names.

Unfortunately A Pale Horse Named Death, who were previously announced, will be unable to perform.

Brutal Assault 2019 will take place at Fortress Josehov in the Czech Republic, August 7-9.

The full lineup so far:

ABORTED
AFTER THE BURIAL
ALIEN WEAPONRY
AGNOSTIC FRONT
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANATHEMA
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY
ANTAEUS
ANTHRAX
CARCASS
CARPENTER BRUT
COUNTING HOURS
CRYSTAL LAKE
CULT OF LUNA
CYTOTOXIN
DEICIDE
DAUGHTERS
DESTRUCTION
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
DIMMU BORGIR
EKTOMORF
ELECTRIC WIZARD
GET THE SHOT
GODFLESH
GUTALAX
HEILUNG
HIGHER POWER
HYPOCRISY
IMMOLATION
IRON REAGAN
JINJER
JUNGLE ROT
KRISIUN
LIONHEART
MANES
MESHUGGAH
METAL CHURCH
MGLA
MIDNIGHT
MYRKUR
NAPALM DEATH
NECROS CHRISTOS
OF MICE & MEN
OCEANS OF SLUMBER
PERFECITIZEN
PRONG
RAISED FIST
ROTTING CHRIST
SACRED REICH
SAOR
SHAPE OF DESPAIR
SLÆGT
TAAKE
TANKARD
TAPHOS
TESTAMENT
THE OBSESSED
THE OCEAN
THY ART IS MURDER
TOSKA
UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION
VARGRAV
VENOM PRISON
VUUR
WINDHAND
WOLFBRIGADE
WOE UNTO ME

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Brutal Assault Festival Band Upddate Announced

Brutal Assault Festival announces another band update for its upcoming 2019 edition. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"Let’s open this mega update with a black metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest black metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!
Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.
Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. More...

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24 More Bands Confirmed For Download 2019

The organisers of Britain's biggest rock festival, Download has announced a further twenty four bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool will be Slayer, in what will be their final show in the United Kingdom, fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax, Virginia favourites Lamb Of God, grunge legends Smashing Pumpkins and progressive metal titans Dream Theater among others. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th

The festival lineup is now as follows: More...

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Alien Weaponry Premiere New Music Video

Alien Weaponry‘s new official music video for their track “Whispers” has received its online premiere streaming below. According to the group, the track is inspired in part by the Foreshore and Seabed Act passed in 2004, and the Trans Pacific Partnership, signed in 2016.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Lewis de Jong:

“These are just a couple of examples of the government not respecting the voices of the people, especially Maori. Even though historic wrongs have supposedly been righted with compensation, when the same thing keeps happening it’s hard to believe there has really been a change.”

A press release for the video further explains the song’s intro, offering, ‘The spoken excerpt at the beginning of the song is part of a radio interview by well-known Radio New Zealand journalist Kim Hill with Don Brash, a former leader of two right wing political parties, and current spokesperson for a lobby group set up to advocate removal of so-called “special privileges” for Maori.’

Adds drummer Henry de Jong: More...

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Alien Weaponry Premiere New Music Video

Maori thrash metal band Alien Weaponry premiere a music video for their song ”Kai Tangata” below. The track’s title translates to ‘eat people’ and is used in reference to a Maori tradition of eating the flesh of their vanquished enemies as an insult to them. The band’s new effort “Tu” will be released on June 01st via Napalm Records.


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Alien Weaponry Announces Debut Album

Three teenagers, known as ALIEN WEAPONRY, from a tiny town in New Zealand have managed to capture imaginations with their unique thrash metal sound and commanding live performances. This in itself is surprising, but perhaps the most unexpected element of all in their success is that many of the band's songs are delivered in a language that is unknown to international audiences - New Zealand's native language, Te Reo Maori.

Now, ALIEN WEAPONRY are ready to release their furious debut album "Tu" on the world. Short for "Tumatauenga," the Maori god of war, Tu also means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the Maori warrior.

Napalm Records released the single and video for the song "Holding My Breath" - the first single so far to be sung entirely in English. The song was written by Lewis (Vocals/Guitar). In it, he talks about the anxiety of being judged and socially ostracized by peers to the point of being unable to function.

"It's about something that actually happened to me. I felt so bad that I literally stayed in my room and couldn't bring myself to leave the house or talk to anyone," he says. "I wrote the song at that time, and it was one of the things that helped me work through it, so I hope it will resonate with other people going through similar things."

One of the people it has already resonated with is actress Rose van Wylich, featured in the video; who experienced similar feelings of isolation as a teenager.

"Holding My Breath" is the first single put out by Napalm Records in advance of ALIEN WEAPONRY's debut album "Tu" being released on June 1st. A month later, the band will head to Europe for a 3-month tour which includes the world's biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air.
You can preorder "Tu" here.

Here is the track listing for "Tu": More...

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Teenage Thrash Band Alien Weaponry Sign w/ Napalm

New Zealand's teenage thrash metal outfit Alien Weaponry have signed with Napalm Records. The band implement the Maori culture of their native home into their music and will release their new effort via Napalm in mid-2018. Meanwhile you can check out a past music video of Alien Weaponry for “Ru Ana Te Whenua“.

Comments the band of their new label home: More...

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