Alien Weaponry will release its sophomore album this fall.
The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. The document states the band will release its new album, Tangaroa Sept. 17 through Napalm Records. Its release will come more than two years after the release of the band’s debut album, Tu, which was also released through Napalm Records.
Front man Lewis De Jong offered brief explanation about the album during a recent interview that the band held.
“The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales,” he said. “I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”
De Jong’s brother Henry expanded on those comments, noting that the songs featured in the band’s new album “are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand).”
Added De Jong, one of those figures is “Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”
The album will be available on a variety of platforms noted below.
Tangaroa will be available in North America in the following formats:
-4 page CD Digipack
-4 page CD Digipack + Patch
-2LP Gatefold Black
-2LP Gatefold Turquoise
-2LP Gatefold Marble Light Blue/Cream (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold Marble Orange/Transparent Black (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-Wooden Box Edition: CD Digipack, pendant, patch, cover flag, canvas tote bag (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Gatefold Marble Crystal Clear/Curacao, hand numbered with guitar pic set and back patch (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 400)
The record’s track listing is also noted below.
3. Ahi Kā
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
12. Down The Rabbit Hole
In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the record’s debut single — its title track — and the song’s companion video Wednesday. The song is an environmentally conscious work, according to the De Jong brothers.
Said Lewis about the song, “We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”
Henry added, “‘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.”
The musical arrangement that is featured in the song will appeal to Alien Weaponry’s established audience base. That is due to the heaviness and fury in its sound and stylistic approach. It is just as similar in that sound and stylistic approach to works from Sepultura and Soulfly as the songs featured in Tu.
In other news, Alien Weaponry also announced a new tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 9 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Oct. 29 in Cleveland, OH. The nearly month-long tour features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Oklahoma City, OK and Cleveland, OH.
The band’s tour schedule is noted below.
October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock (festival)
October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 25 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
October 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
More information on Alien Weaponry’s new album, single, video, and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and tour dates at:
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