This band is mainly known for being one of the few Zealand thrash metal bands. All of the band members are of Māori decent so they have many songs written in the Māori language. The band started in 2010 by the brothers after watching District 9.
Anyways, their newest album Tu has made its way to my new most favorite album of 2018, though since I discovered it so late in the game, it might as well be one of my favorite albums of 2019. Better late than never as always though.
In this album, you will have a wonderful variety of riffs. Each song has its own style of riffs which as always is very important for all metal bands. I believe this band takes it to a different level by infusing their musical style with indigenous culture. Which I think sets them apart from many other bands I’ve heard.
“Some people might find it a bit grisly,” says 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.” This track refers to “nga tohu a Tūmatauenga,” the symbols of Tūmatauenga – the Māori god of war,” This is a quote from Lewis describing the music video for “Kai Tangata”.
This album is wonderfully put together from an anthropologist point of view, it brings to light, as the singer said, things that happened that people don’t talk about much. It makes it easier to interpret if you will.
Alien Weaponry have other albums that are influenced by the grim events that happened during the colonization of New Zealand which are also quite good.
I cannot recommend Tu enough. Do not sleep on this release any longer. Highly recommended to all fans of aggressive thrash metal.
Bandcamp link: https://alienweaponry.bandcamp.com/album/t-2