Te reo metal mavens Alien Weaponry have dropped a new video and shared some more details about their upcoming debut album.
Tū – which has already racked hundreds of pre-sales via their fully funded Indiegogo campaign – will be released on June 1, via noted metal label Napalm Records, which have signed the teenage siblings to a three album deal.
The latest single to be released from the album is ‘Kai Tangata’, which translates to ‘Eat People’ and is backed with a suitably bloodthirsty video. The 7-minute epic finds the thrash metal trio delving into the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi – newly armed with muskets – attacked and decimated the de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry.
“Some people might find it a bit grisly,” admits singer and lead guitarist Lewis de Jong. “But it’s stuff that actually happened and nobody ever talks about it. We’re not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just a part of our history.”
The new album takes its name from the Māori god of war Tūmatauenga, who is referenced in a number of songs on the record, including ‘Kai Tangata’.
“Quite a few of the songs on the album are about battles or conflict,” explains drummer Henry de Jong, who was largely responsible for the lyrics of ‘Kai Tangata’. “So we thought it was appropriate to name the album after Tūmatauenga. ‘Tū’ also means to stand strong and proud, to stand for something; which we think is important as a band and as people.”
Alien Weaponry – in conjunction with vice.com – will officially launch Tū at an event at Galatos in Auckland on the June 2. As well being their last NZ live performance for some time, Vice will also premiering a documentary about the band.
Alien Weaponry will then be hitting European metal festival circuit, starting with the Metal Days Festival in Slovenia on July 22.