Metal band Alien Weaponry has been gaining steam not only in New Zealand but overseas as well in places like The United States and Europe. They have been showcased on TVNZ’s Te Karere as well as other outlets like Revolver Magazine.
Alien Weaponry is a New Zealand-based thrash metal band from Waipu. Brothers Lewis and Henry de Jong formed the group and were later joined by Ethan Trembath in 2013.
Alien Weaponry haven’t been around long, having released various singles, like Raupatu and Rū Ana Te Whenua, and they are already gaining a worldwide audience. They were signed by Napalm Records and toured around the world – even getting a spot at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.
While there are many great New Zealand bands, what makes Alien Weaponry different is that most of their songs are written in Te Reo and are based on Maori history and culture.
Their latest release Kai Tangata, literally translated as “Eat People”, is about the Northern Chief Hongi Hika coming back from England with the Word of God and hundreds of muskets. The video shows the battles between the Ngapuhi (Northern) and the de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa (Central North Island) tribes. The Ngapuhi have the muskets while Te Arawa used traditional weaponry.
They are working on their debut album Tū which is due to release on the 1st of June under Napalm records.
Video: Alien Weaponry’s video for their single, Kai Tangata