We are very excited to have “Maori Metal” trailblazers ALIEN WEAPONRY coming to Los Angeles for two press days ahead of their first-ever North American headlining run; bringing their “Tūmatauenga” tour to North America next month. The trek kicks off on May 4th at Domination Festival in Mexico City, MX and conclude on May 29th at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Hailing from the city of Waipu, New Zealand, thrash metal trio ALIEN WEAPONRY are poised to make their return to North America on the strength of the group’s debut album, ‘ Tū’. 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.
About ALIEN WEAPONRY:
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.
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 closed out 2018 with a North American tour supporting industrial metal legends Ministry, and have also played iconic festivals like Auckland City Limits (NZ), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), and Wacken Open Air (Germany) throughout the course of their still-budding career.