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Alien Weaponry Return With Single / Video 'Tangaroa' + Announce New Album

Alien Weaponry Return With Single / Video 'Tangaroa' + Announce New Album

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Piotr Kwasnik / Thursday 17th June, 2021 12:49PM

Recipients of the 2019 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut award and revered across the globe for their furiously intense te reo Māori metal anthems, Waipū's Alien Weaponry have revealed the wait for their second studio album is nearly over. The high decibel trio of Henry Te Reiwhati de Jong, Lewis Raharuhi de Jong and Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds have announced new long player Tangaroa will be launching on 17th September via European metal imprint Napalm Records and unleashed today the record's bone-crushing title track. Tackling the urgent issues of climate change and illegal fishing practices, 'Tangaroa' (god of the sea), launches with a turbulent video directed by Alex Hargreaves and created with the support of NZ On Air, filmed almost entirely underwater — aiming to raise awareness of and support the ongoing work of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

"‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.

The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ - the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels." - Henry de Jong

Alien Weaponry will support Gojira on their upcoming 2021 U.S. tour. 'Tangaroa' launches on Friday 17th September, preorders are available now.


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