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INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE
Here’s a video of Dom Lawson of Metal Hammer unboxing all nine re-issues:
One of New Zealand’s most exciting new prospects, Alien Weaponry, have released Kai Tangata as the next single from their forthcoming debut album. Full of pride and ferocity these Kiwi youngsters smack us around the head with a Patu Paraoa to entice us into a song of history in their native Maori tongue.
The trio shocks and surprises audiences on a number of levels. ALIEN WEAPONRY‘s songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen-year olds commanding the front of stage as effectively as four- and five-piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, many of their songs are in New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Maori. In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Raukawa descent – they call themselves ‘Stealth Maori.’ They attended a full immersion kura kaupapa Maori (Maori language school) until they were seven years old, where singing waiata and performing haka were a daily routine. Also ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Maori perspective. In September 2017, they won the prestigious „APRA Maioha award” for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Maori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The combination of thrash metal with Maori history and language has proved popular. Their latest music video for RuAna Te Whenua has more than a million Youtube and Facebook views, spent 2 weeks at no. 1 on Spotify’s NZ Viral chart, and hit no. 2 on the iTunes global metal chart (just behind Iron Maiden’s ‘Run to the Hills’). The band’s music has been playlisted on stations in New Zealand and around the world – from Scotland to Brazil, as well as the USA, Australia and Germany.
Now, ALIEN WEAPONRY are ready to release their furious debut album ‘Tu’ on the world. Short for ‘Tumatauenga,’ the Maori god of war, Tu also means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the Maori warrior.
Standing for something important is something the band does equally well in English or in Maori. Napalm Records have also released the single and video for the song “Holding My Breath” – the first single so far to be sung entirely in English.
02 Ru Ana Te Whenua
03 Holding My Breath
05 Kai Tangata
06 Rage – It Takes Over Again
07 The Things That You Know (Bonus Track)
09 PC Bro
11 Nobody Here
12 Te Ara
13 Hypocrite (Bonus Track)
Vocals, Guitars: Lewis de Jong
Drums: Henry de Jong
Bass: Ethan Trembath
03.02.18 NZ – Hamilton / Rugby Sevens World Cup
06.02.18 NZ – Wellington / Waitangi Day Festival
17.02.18 NZ – Wellington / Pay Pao Pay
03.03.18 NZ – Auckland / Auckland City Limits Festival
22. – 28.07.18 SI – Tomlin / Metal Days Festival
02. – 04.08.18 DE – Wacken / Wacken Festival
01.09.18 DE – Hamburg / Welt-Turbojugend Tage
More dates coming soon!
ALIEN WEAPONRY online:
Krysthla new album breaks into Amazon UK Top Ten
Guitarist Neil Hudson says of the track: “The Minor Mystery Of Death is about embracing the end. Death is an absolute certainty and we’re living lives that seem like they’re going to last forever until it’s too late and your mortality is thrust into your hands. “We’re very precious towards our lives but don’t actually live them.”
Peace In Our Time was influenced by Krysthla’s 2016 European tour with Decapitated – with Hudson revealing that one experience on the road will live with him forever:
“On the Greek border, I saw a refugee girl stood on the other side of the motorway while we were parked up getting fuel. She saw us looking over at the thousands of grubby tents cooking the inhabitants in the scorching heat and fixed her eyes on me for a few seconds. “I gave her a nod. She jumped over the barrier and ran over the motorway to the garage, dodging traffic on her way. She walked over, looked me straight in the eye, said something in Syrian and gave me a highfive and hugged my leg. “I left a bit of me behind that day. We sobbed in the van as we left. It was utterly heart breaking to hear the hum of bodies murmuring in the boiling sun.” Hudson adds: “The album is influenced heavily, and almost solely by the fact I am a father. With so much unrest and violence in the world, it’s easy to turn your back and pretend none of it has an impact on your life. “Or somehow because it’s a long way from home it’s someone else’s problem. War does not sleep. War does not stop. It doesn’t choose who dies and who lives. But the people who light the fire and fan the flames do.”
16th April – BRIGHTON, The Arch (w/ Vadar)
17th April – PETERBOROUGH, The Met
21st April – BOLTON, The Alma
22nd April – WARRINGTON, The Brewhouse
28th April – CARDIFF, Fuel
5th May – HIGH WYCOMBE, Phoenix
6th May – WORTHING. Bar 42
7th May – BOURNEMOUTH, The Anvil
12th May – INVERNESS, Mad Hatters
13th May – DUNDEE, Beat Generator
14th May – EDINBURGH, Bannermans
26th May – NORTHAMPTON, King Billy Rock Bar
27th May – LONDON, The Devonshire Arms
28th May – LEICESTER, Uprising Aftermath @ The Firebug
3rd June – KETTERING – The Prince
24th June – NORWICH, B2
1st July – MILTON KEYNES, Craufurd Arms
22nd July – GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival
More dates to be announced.
Hailed by Metal Hammer Magazine (UK) as “setting 2016 on fire” (alongside Textures, Dream Theater, Anthrax, and Devin Townsend) one of the finest extreme metal acts around will release their sophomore album this April.
Titled ‘Peace In Our Time’, this new studio offering from Krysthla sees the British five-piece producing something extremely special. Part metal, part extreme, part technical, part progressive… Aurally this is a metal fan’s nirvana. There’s an abundance of aggression on offer, and yet the power of the band is amplified even more with melodic tinges and lighter musical landscapes, which never detract from the powerhouse delivery Krysthla is renowned for.
Following the announcement of their debut album ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’ in July 2015, Krysthla broke into Amazon UK’s pre-release Top 10 album chart (alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Disturbed), featured in-store nationwide at HMV as a “recommended buy” and lead music video ‘Luminosity’ was playlisted on Scuzz TV.
Krysthla’s debut album received extremely positive reviews from the music press, setting the band up for an exceptional 2016. From their extensive European tour with Decapitated to a prestigious slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, and main support to Textures at Mammothfest, Krysthla has crafted their music and live shows to such a high standard, that they can’t be ignored.
With ‘Peace In Our Time’, this is the sound of a band that has quickly found its place in the metal market, and given the chance, Krysthla will take the scene by storm.
Bad Llama – Shedding Skin E.P
Track 1 – The Healer.
Sounds like sound effects are used at the start of the track to make a mysterious opening. It’s quite mellow; good opening track to the E.P.
Track 2 – The Wolf You Feed
This is a bit more rocky than the first track. A quite catchy song, with a bit of growling going on at times.
Track 3 -Paint In Sound
A mid tempo rock track with hints of indie. I can imagine people dancing to this track.
Track 4 – Ten Years Time.
There is a ballad feel to this song. The singer has a lot of emotion in his voice. A nice track to chill out to.
Overall this is a good E.P. It would be good to just sit and chill out to.
I will give it 7/10.
I would recommend it to fans of Biffy Clyro.
Jovi Hacker (12)
HAMEREX – TRAITOR
RELEASE DATE: 7TH OCTOBER, 2016
LABEL: IX MUSIC
Track 1 – Traitor
The title track of the album starts with a bass introduction. Before it breaks into melodic vocals, which is high pitched in places. It’s quite a long song at just over 6 minutes, and is mid paced with a heavy sound.
Track 2 – The Dark Tower
It starts with a guitar intro which sounds mysterious, before the drums kick in bringing the pace up slightly. A dark sounding track, like the title suggests. It has a great solo guitar riff in the middle of the track and has plenty of chugging riffs all the way through the track. A good track for headbanging..
Track 3 – Dead Mountain
Starts off with the drums beating in the intro. A medium paced Heavy Metal track. There are hints of classic N.W.O.B.H.M bands in this track.
Track 4 – The Nameless One
I thought this was going to be a ballad, because of the intro. It is very deep and dark at times, with very strong vocals.There is a burst of energy before going back to the slow pace, which changes often throughout. I like the variety of tempo in this track.
Track 5 – Eyes Of Deceit
There is more energy in this song than in previous tracks. Again, it has a longish intro, but still sounds dark. The drums give a steady beat during the track.
Track 6 – The Abyss
The instrumental and shortest track of the album. It has a nice mellow intro, with the drums slowly building up. There are some nice clean riffs repeated throughout. There is a nice change of feel towards the middle of the track, and it ends with some nice, fast drums.
Track 7 – The Evil Within
This is by far the longest track of the album, coming in at just over 9 minutes. There is a thrashy intro. It’s a quite heavy sounding song with some nice riffs and drum beats. About a third into the track there is a change of tempo, to a more slower and relaxed feel. There are some cool guitar effects and some good riffs repeated throughout the song.
Track 8 – Journeys End
A heavy Black Sabbath style intro, leads into a chugging guitar riff. Another N.W.O.B.H.M style song with Sabbath undertones. Which is no bad thing. I really like the punchy guitar solo and the feedback outro.
Overall I enjoyed the album and will be checking out the other Hamerex releases. I like the classic feel of some of the songs.
I rate the album 8/10
Review of the new SKREAMER album, King Of Crows (released 12/09/2016 via Metal Hammer
- MY DARKNESS.
It starts off slow with a quiet music background and the vocalist talking. The tempo starts to build then suddenly heavy drum beats and growling vocals kick in. It then goes back to quiet with whispering vocals, which then build up into a fast tempo. I could imagine a good mosh pit with this song. I love the sudden changes in this song, one minute quiet the next fast and loud.
- PIG FEED.
This is a lot faster and louder than the first track. With fast guitar playing and crashing fast drum beats.This has deep power chords.The vocals change between shouty and growly. I like this because you can understand what the vocalist is saying.
Starts off quiet and slow but quickly crescendos to a much louder heavier beat, with fast paced guitars. Great track to headbang to.
Very slow smooth harmonic track. Was not expecting this type of song. The clean guitars and vocals show that the band have a good variation of musical tastes. Towards the end of the track it spends up and ends in a crashing cymbal.
- LET ‘EM BURN.
Starts off slow with growly vocals. Gently speeds up and slows down again. More of a middle paced song than all out thrash.The bass is more prominent on this track then the rest. I like the bass on this track.
- WELCOME TO PARADISE.
This is a totally different style of track. The vocalist raps, while the bass sets the tempo. There is a repetitive guitar riff all the way through this track. The drums are slow and quiet.
- THIS IS WAR.
Starts off with feedback, then the guitars, bass and drums kick in. The vocalist goes back to growly on this track. Really like the cool bass line and riffs. Not as fast as some of the other tracks, but heavier than most.
- KING OF CROWS.
The title track of the album. Starts off with cool bass riffs and some rapping. It soon gets heavy with growls and more rapping. Like the mix of growls and rapping on the song. It has some good clean guitar riffs throughout the track. I could imagine the crowd moshing to this.
Overall a good album which I rate 9/10
Fans of Slipknot would enjoy this album
Jovi Hacker (aged 12)