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For the first time in Australia, Hardline Media are proud to present teenage Thrash Metal band Alien Weaponry from New Zealand.
Australian audiences will not be disappointed with the band’s high energy, one of a kind Thrash sound, made even more impressive by
many of their songs being performed in traditional, native language, Te Reo Māori. To hear aggressive Metal performed in this way
harks back to warrior cries, and makes you wonder why this perfect marriage of Metal and native tongue hasn’t happened before!

Their songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen year olds
commanding the front of stage as effectively as four and five piece bands three times their age.

Don’t be mistaken by their blonde, Viking appearance… In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17),
are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa descent – they call themselves ‘Stealth Māori.’ They attended a full immersion kura kaupapa Māori
(Māori language school) until they were seven years old, where singing waiata and performing haka were a daily routine.

Also ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Māori perspective – giving rise to songs like their first two singles
‘Urutaa’ (about an early Maori-European contact incident which resulted in an outbreak of sickness; and the subsequent revenge – the burning
of the ship The Boyd and the massacre of its crew) and ‘Raupatu’ (about land confiscations by the colonial government).

Their latest single, ‘Rū Ana te Whenua’ (the trembling earth), released 30 June 2017, refers to the mighty battle at
Pukehinahina/Gate Pa in 1864 where their ancestor, Te Ahoaho, lost his life.

The band’s English material is equally controversial, with songs like ‘Hypocrite,’ ‘Rage,’ ‘PC Bro’,’ and ‘The Cult of Sanitised Warfare’ calling out
everyone from teachers and friends at school to the media for variously glorifying and destroying the lives of television and sports stars.

“We listened to all sorts of music when we were younger,” says lead singer and guitarist Lewis de Jong, “but we were drawn to thrash metal
because it’s quite complex music, and it is a great vehicle for expressing real stories and emotions.”

“It also works with Te Reo Māori,” adds his brother Henry. “Both the musical style and the messages have a lot of similarities with haka,
which is often brutal, angry and about stories of great courage or loss.”

Initially, the band’s focus was competing in NZ school band competition, Smokefree Rockquest. As they amassed more material,
they began touring locally, and had a breakthrough in 2014, when Paul ’The Axe Man’ Martin played their demo ‘Cages’ on The Rock FM as part of
his radio show ‘The Axe Attack’. He subsequently invited the trio to open for his own highly successful band, Devilskin, on their sell-out ‘We Rise’ tour.

A year later, Tom Larkin (drummer for NZ hard rock legends SHIHAD) saw some of their clips on YouTube, resulting in an opening slot with SHIHAD,
and an ongoing relationship with Larkin, who is producing their first album.

“These kids are leagues beyond their years,” Larkin says. “This is some seriously crushing metal.”

Winning the national finals of both Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2016 (the only band ever to win both competitions), as well as independently
obtaining a $10K NZ On Air grant a few months earlier, has put Alien Weaponry firmly on the global music radar as a force to be reckoned with.

Metal Hammer magazine recently included the trio in its Ten Best Metal Bands from New Zealand feature (Oct 2016), describing them as “One for the future.”

And it’s not just the metal community who are taking notice.

“These guys could be bigger than Lorde in terms of our musical export,” said TV One Breakfast music correspondent Sarah Gandy,
following their Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats wins.

“They believe in their identity as a metal band, their use of Te Reo is impressive, there’s really nothing else like this in the world at the moment,”
agrees one of the Smokefree judges, Jeff Newton from NZ On Air.

Hardline Media are excited to debut the band in Australia, with many thanks to Music NSW and the City of Sydney council for their support.

Get ready - this will be one of a kind!