New Zealand metal warriors Alien Weaponry, have released their new album, Tangaroa, and their third single, “Hatupatu.” The song is about an ancestor of one of the de Jong brother’s performed in the indigenous language of te reo Māori.
Tangaroa is a record immersed in the historical and cultural heritage of the Māori with many tracks featuring traditional instruments called Taonga Puoro, giving the songs a strong, warrior-like feel and attitude.
Drummer Henry de Jong says:
“The story of ‘Hatupatu’ is one Lewis and I grew up with—our father was the first person to tell us as children. Having a family connection with it only made creating a song more intriguing for us. Traditionally, Māori legends were passed down through families by re-telling them, not by having them written down in books. It only makes sense for us to be re-telling this story as our tūpuna (ancestors) did for generations. We cannot wait to share with the rest of the world.”
Catch Alien Weaponry on tour this fall with Gojira and Knocked Loose. The fun starts October 8 in Boise, ID and ends November 21 in Denver, CO.
Purchase new album Tangaroa here.
Visit Alien Weaponry’s official website here.