Alien Weaponry

The trio shocks and surprises audiences on a number of levels. ALIEN WEAPONRY's songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen-year olds commanding the front of stage as effectively as four- and five-piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, many of their songs are in New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Māori. In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa descent – they call themselves ‘Stealth Māori.’ They attended a full immersion kura kaupapa Māori (Māori language school) until they were seven years old, where singing waiata and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Māori perspective. In September 2017, they won the prestigious „APRA Maioha award" for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Māori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.    

The combination of thrash metal with Māori history and language has proved popular. Their latest music video for RūAna Te Whenua has more than a million Youtube and Facebook views, spent 2 weeks at no. 1 on Spotify’s NZ Viral chart, and hit no. 2 on the iTunes global metal chart (just behind Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills’). The band’s music has been playlisted on stations in New Zealand and around the world – from Scotland to Brazil, as well as the USA, Australia and Germany.

Now, ALIEN WEAPONRYare ready to release their furious debut album ‘Tū’on the world. Short for ‘Tūmatauenga,’ the Māori god of war, 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 Māori warrior. 

Ein Trio, das Münder aufklappen lässt – und obendrein das jüngste Trio, das je bei Napalm Records unter Vertrag stand! Alien Weaponry mitsamt ihrem komplexen, reifen und hochpolitischen Songwriting flashen auf wunderbar vielen Levels: drei Teenager, die mit ihrer Live-Power gestandene Bands an die Wand spielen – das ist das Eine. Doch dann entpuppen sich zwei der drei Dudes als waschecht in ihrer Ngati Pikiāo- und Ngati Raukawa-Abstammung und texten bevorzugt in der wahren Sprache Neuseelands, Te Reo Māori. Lewis de Jong (15) und sein Bruder Henry (17) nennen sich ‘Stealth Māori‘ und verbinden ihre kulturellen Wurzeln mitaggressivem und unberechenbarem Thrash Metal auf ihrem Debüt . Oldschool-Roots paaren sich mit derbem und groovigem Hardcore und fließen zusammen mit dem exotisch anmutenden Erzählstil in ein atemberaubend progressives und gleichzeitig erdiges Album, das seinen Höhepunkt in der rastlosen Single ‘Rū Ana Te Whenua‘ findet – über eine Million Views auf Youtube und Facebook, zwei Wochen auf Spotifys NZ Viral Charts und der zweite Platz der iTunes Global Metal Charts sprechen deutlich für Neuseelands Shooting Stars. Alien Weaponry ehren die Geschichte ihrer Heimat und sind gleichzeitig deren Zukunft!


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