New Zealand metal outfit ALIEN WEAPONRY have announced their next run of dates in the US and Canada. The band will join forces with legendary metal bands Black Label Society and The Black Dahlia Murder for a month long tour this Fall. The trek kicks off September 11th in Ventura, CA and concludes on October 12th at the inaugural “Exit 111 Festival” in Manchester, TN. A complete list of dates is below. Following those dates, the band has scheduled a string of headline dates. They start October 13th in Kansas City, MO and runs through October 26th in Seattle, WA.
Earlier this summer, ALIEN WEAPONRY was featured in an on-camera interview with CNN. The conversation took place during their most recent tour of North America and focused on their success in bringing “Maori Metal” to the masses and what it was like to form the band at such a young age. You can watch their interview on CNN.com right here.
Later this week be on the lookout for the exclusive video premiere of the band’s new singled “Blinded.” Watch a teaser for the video here.
“The song has very personal meaning for me (Lewis), but we wanted the video to leave things more open, so people can interpret it their own way. Piotr and Dwayne have really captured the notion of altered realities that we were going for, and we hope people will find their own messages in the images and the music,” says Lewis de Jong.
Alien Weaponry With Black Label Society and Black Dahlia Murder
9/11: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
9/13: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
9/15: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
9/16: Billings, MT @ Pub Station
9/18: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
9/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/21: Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
9/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/23: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
9/25: Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Town Center
9/27: Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino
9/28: Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
9/30: Kitchener, ON @ Elements
10/1: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/2: Pikeville, KY @ Appalachian Wireless Arena
10/4: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/5: Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
10/8: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/10: Destin, FL @ Club LA
10/12: Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 Festival*
Alien Weaponry Headline Dates:
10/13: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/16: Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
10/20: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/21: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorn Theatre
10/24: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
10/26: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
ALIEN WEAPONRY was formed in 2010 by brothers Lewis (vocals & guitar) and Henry de Jong (drums), who were 8 and 10 years old at the time. The two would later move to the small town of Waipu in 2012, and went on to meet Ethan Trembath (bass) there in 2013. The de Jong brothers came up with the name ALIEN WEAPONRY after watching the film District 9.
Both Lewis and Henry are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa (Māori tribal) descent, and began their schooling at a kura kaupapa Māori (full immersion Māori language school) where singing waiata (songs) and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early education were stories of New Zealand history told to them by their father, who would also introduce them to the music of Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax, Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.
Fans and music critics alike have applauded the band’s approach to unifying Te Reo Māori (the native language of New Zealand) with thrash metal sensibilities; ultimately creating a sound that is driven by emotionally and politically charged conflict while boasting youthful, warrior-like resilience.