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ALIEN WEAPONRY Release Music Video For "Ahi Ka"

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 1:51 PM


On Tour Now (Headlining) In North America

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ALIEN WEAPONRY have released the music video for their new single, "Ahi Ka", which premiered last week over at Billboard. The song represents the first new material from the New Zealand based metal trio since releasing their 2018 debut album, . Fans can check out the music video for "Ahi Kâ" via KNAC.COM HERE. The track is also featured on Adult Swim's new, streaming-only compilation record Metal Swim 2.

About "Ahi Ka":

""Ahi Kâ" was inspired by the Auckland city council's decision to burn down what was considered to be the unsightly indigenous Maori village of Okahu Bay in advance of Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 visit," ALIEN WEAPONRY's singer-guitarist Lewis de Jong says of the track. Which, like many of the band's songs, is sung in New Zealand's indigenous language of Te Reo Mâori. "The eviction sparked a 40-year battle for the native Ngati Whatua to reclaim their land, including protests and battles with the police. Amid worldwide criticism, a small portion of the original land was ultimately returned with an apology and some compensation."

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 Pikiâo and Ngati Raukawa (Mâori tribal) descent, and began their schooling at a kura kaupapa Mâori (full immersion Mâori 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 Mâori (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

  • 5.11 - 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


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