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ALIEN WEAPONRY Premiere New Single "Ahi Ka"

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 12:47 AM


Featured On The Adult Swim Compilation Metal Swim 2

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New Zealand based thrash metal trio ALIEN WEAPONRY have released a brand new single ahead of their first-ever headlining tour in North America. The track, titled "Ahi Ka" marks the first new material from the band since their 2018 debut album, Tu. Listen to the song below.

In addition to the premiere of "Ahi Ka", ALIEN WEAPONRY is excited to share that the song will be featured on Adult Swim's new compilation record Metal Swim 2, which is out now. Along with the latest from ALIEN WEAPONRY, the record features new tracks from Akvan, Author & Punisher, Baroness, Botanist, Dark Castle, Dreadnought, Eyehategod, Kat Katz + Andy Gibbs from Thou, Nervosa, Oathbreaker, Sunn O))), The Body, Vile Creature, and Volahn.

Metal Swim 2 comes out in digital, streaming-only format and is free to enjoy at http://adultswim.com/metal.

The Metal Swim 2 compilation was curated by Laura Sterritt who offers, "The spirit of metal manifests for listeners in all kinds of ways: as an art form, as an emotional outlet, and just good ol' fashioned fun. I was excited to curate this group of forerunners from metal's wide swath of sub-genres, so both longtime metalheads and newcomers alike could find something within that resonates with them."

ALIEN WEAPONRY will start their "Tumatauenga Tour" in North America this weekend. The 16-city trek begins May 4th at Domination Festival in Mexico City, MX and concludes on May 29th at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

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 Pikiao and Ngati Raukawa (Maori tribal) descent, and began their schooling at a kura kaupapa Maori (full immersion Maori 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.

Fans and music critics alike have applauded the band's approach to unifying Te Reo Maori (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.

ALIEN WEAPONRY - North American Headlining Tour

  • 5.7 - Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues
  • 5.8 - Austin, TX @ 3TEN @ Austin City Limits
  • 5.11 - Rockingham, NC @ Epicenter*
  • 5.12 - Washington, DC @ DC9
  • 5.13 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
  • 5.15 - New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
  • 5.16 - Montreal, QC @ L'Esco
  • 5.17 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
  • 5.19 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air*
  • 5.22 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
  • 5.24 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma*
  • 5.26 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
  • 5.28 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
  • 5.29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
* - Festival Date


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