New Zealand metalheads Alien Weaponry just dropped the music video for their new single “Ahi Ka.”
The clip, produced and edited by Kwasnik Pictures & AW Noise Ltd Director Piotr Kwasnik, features the band performing the song in a recording studio spliced with footage of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to New Zealand. It ends with the following message: “In 1952, in preparation for a Royal visit by Her Majesty the Queen, the Auckland City Council, in a misguided attempt to beautify the city, evicted the local Ngāti Whātua people from their village at Ōkahu Bay and burned it to the ground.” Watch the video below.
Alien Weaponry premiered the song last week via Billboard revealing the song was inspired by Auckland city council’s decision to burn down the indigenous Maori village of Okahu Bay prior to Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 1953. This led to a 40-year battle for the native Ngati Whatua to take back their land, including protests and fights with the police. After much criticism, a small portion of the original land was returned with an apology and some compensation.
The track appears on Adult Swim’s streaming only compilation Metal 2, out now. Alien Weaponry kicked off their first headlining North American tour in support of their latest album Tu last week. Their outing includes stops at various festivals, including Domination Festival, Chicago Open Air, and Rocklahoma. Check out all their dates here.