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Alien Weaponry

Taking their name from director Neil Blomkamp's 2009 sci-fi horror film District 9, New Zealand power trio Alien Weaponry deliver a whiplash-inducing amalgam of kinetic thrash and tribal, hook-driven groove metal that leans hard on the members' Maori heritage. Founded in 2010 by teenage brothers Lewis (guitar, vocals) and Henry de Jong (drums), the group sports a similar trajectory to Brazilian thrash/groove legends Sepultura, another siblings-headed unit that blurred the lines between sonic might and cultural heritage. Descendants of the Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa tribes, the band often utilizes the traditional Māori haka war dance in its music. The group originated in Auckland -- the de Long brothers were just eight and ten years old at the time -- and became a trio in 2013 after moving to the small town of Waipu and adding bassist Ethan Trembath. They released their debut EP, The Zego Sessions, independently in 2014, followed by a New Zealand tour with alt-metal heavyweights Devilskin. More regional success followed in 2016, with the band winning both the national finals of the intermediate and high-school music competitions Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats. In 2017, they released a pair of singles ahead of the arrival of their full-length debut. The resulting Tu was released via Napalm Records in 2018, and debuted at number five on the New Zealand albums chart.
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