Alien Weaponry Announce New Album ‘Tangaroa,’ Share Title Track

New Zealand thrashers Alien Weaponry are back!

The band have announced their new album, Tangaroa, out September 17th via Napalm Records. They have also shared the album’s powerful title track.

“Tangaroa” shows Alien Weaponry at their heaviest so far. The chugging guitars and pummeling percussion hits you right in the gut. Not only is the song another stellar cut from the band, it shows them taking an environmental stance. Both the single and the accompanying video speaks out against the pollution of the ocean and the cruelty of illegal fishing practices. The clip shows the ocean getting revenge on humans as the band is captured and drowned by the plastics that pollute the water.

“We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste,” singer-guitarist Lewis de Jong said in a press release. “The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

Added drummer Henry de Jong: “‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

Watch the video below.

Alien Weaponry’s highly anticipated sophomore album promises “more driving grooves, tribal percussion, and concepts inspired by the history and cultural heritage of New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people, with lyrics sung in both English and their native te reo Māori language,” per a press release.

“The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ — the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process,” Henry de Jong said. “We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

Pre-order Tanagora here. Check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

Alien Weaponry will support Gojira on their U.S. headlining tour this fall. Check out those dates here.


Alien Weaponry Return With Pounding 'Tangaroa' Album Title Track


01. Titokowaru
02. Hatupatu
03. Ahi KāT
04. Tangaroa
05. Unforgiving
06. Blinded
07. Kai Whatu
08. Crooked Monsters
09. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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