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Alien Weaponry

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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.

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.’

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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.

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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“.

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