ALIEN WEAPONRY – Ahi Kā

ALIEN WEAPONRY have released the music video for their new single, “Ahi Kā”, which premiered last week over at Billboard. The song represents the first new material from the New Zealand based metal trio since releasing their 2018 debut album, Tū. Fans can check out the music video for “Ahi Kā” via the link below. The track is also featured on Adult Swim’s new, streaming-only compilation record Metal Swim 2.

“Ahi Kā was inspired by the Auckland city council’s decision to burn down what was considered to be the unsightly indigenous Maori village of Okahu Bay in advance of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 visit,” Alien Weaponry’s singer-guitarist Lewis de Jong says of the track. Which, like many of the band’s songs, is sung in New Zealand’s indigenous language of Te Reo Māori. “The eviction sparked a 40-year battle for the native Ngati Whatua to reclaim their land, including protests and battles with the police. Amid worldwide criticism, a small portion of the original land was ultimately returned with an apology and some compensation.”

Fans and music critics alike have applauded the band’s approach to unifying Te Reo Māori (the native language of New Zealand) with thrash metal sensibilities; ultimately creating a sound that is driven by emotionally and politically charged conflict while boasting youthful, warrior-like resilience.

Both Lewis and Henry are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa (Māori tribal) descent, and began their schooling at a kura kaupapa Māori (full immersion Māori language school) where singing waiata (songs) and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early education were stories of New Zealand history told to them by their father, who would also introduce them to the music of Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax, Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.

Alien Weaponry was formed in 2010 by brothers Lewis (vocals & guitar) and Henry de Jong (drums), who were 8 and 10 years old at the time. The two would later move to the small town of Waipu in 2012, and went on to meet Ethan Trembath (bass) there in 2013. The de Jong brothers came up with the name Alien Weaponry after watching the film District 9.

Alien Weaponry have also been nominated for “Best International Breakthrough Band” at the 2019 Heavy Music Awards (UK). The event takes place on August 22nd at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. Fan voting is now open athttps://vote.heavymusicawards.com/  until June 27th.

ALIEN WEAPONRY On Tour:

North American Headlining Tour
11.05.2019 US – Rockingham, NC / Epicenter*
12.05.2019 US – Washington, DC / DC9
13.05.2019 US – Boston, MA / Middle East
15.05.2019 US – New York, NY / Saint Vitus
16.05.2019 US – Montreal, QC / L’Esco
17.05.2019 US – Toronto, ON / Velvet Underground
19.05.2019 US – Chicago, IL / Chicago Open Air*
22.05.2019 US – Minneapolis, MN / 7th St Entry
24.05.2019 US – Pryor, OK / Rocklahoma*
26.05.2019 US – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
28.05.2019 US – San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
29.05.2019 US – Los Angeles, CA / The Roxy

TOUR DATES EU
07.06.2019 DE – Berlin / Musik & Frieden
08.06.2019 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
10.06.2019 UK – Cardiff / Fuel Rock Club
11.06.2019 UK – Bristol / The Exchange
12.06.2019 UK – Dublin / Vodoo Lounge
13.06.2019 UK – Glasgow / Audio Glasgow
15.06.2019 UK – Donington / DE74 2RP Castle Donington
16.06.2019 UK – London / The Underground Camden
18.06.2019 LX – Belval / Rockhal
19.06.2019 DE – Köln / Luxor
20.06.2019 DE – Hamburg / Uebel & Gefährlich
21.06.2019 DK – Kobenhavn / Copenhell Festival 2019
23.03.2019 FR – Clisson / Hellfest Open Air 2019
25.06.2019 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
26.06.2019 DE – Hannover / Capitol
28.06.2019 FI – Helsinki / Tuska Festival 2019
03.07.2019 FR – Paris / Les Etoiles 61 rue du Chateau d´Eu
04.07.2019 FR – Toulouse / Rue Louis Bonin
06.07.2019 ES – Galicia / Resurrection Fest 2019
07.07.2019 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club
09.07.2019 ES – Sevilla / Sala Even
10.07.2019 ES – Madrid / Nasca Music Live
12.07.2019 ES – Barcelona / Sala Boveda
15.07.2019 IT – Milan / Circolo Magnolia
16.07.2019 IT – Padova / Parco Della Musica
20.07.2019 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo Metalfest 2019
22.07.2019 SL – Tolmin / MetalDays Festival 2019
24.07.2019 HU – Budapest / Dürer Kert
27.07.2019 PL – Warsaw / klub Stodola Batorego
03.08.2019 DE – Stuttgart / Hanns-Matin-Schleyer-halle
06.08.2019 DE – München / Backstage Werk
07.08.2019 DE – Dresden / Alter Schlachthof
08.08.2019 CZ – Josefov / Brutal Assault 2019
10.08.2019 NL – Leewarden / Into The Grave Festival 2019
11.08.2019 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz 2019
16.08.2019 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill Festival 2019

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