*Every Tuesday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*
Today’s artist is Alien Weaponry.
On Sunday, May 19th, the young New Zealand thrashtastic trio in Alien Weaponry brings their immense sound to SeatGeek Stadium for Chicago Open Air. Brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong formed the band back in 2010 before they were even teenagers. The third member is Ethan Trembath. The trio bases a lot of their lyrics off of their Māori ancestry, which all three of them have. Most of their songs are also performed in the native language, te reo Māori. The band really took off last year and saw international success with the release of their debut album, ‘Tū’ via Napalm Records.
The band received millions of streams within weeks and had their songs added to several popular playlists on Spotify. Soon, Sirius XM Liquid Metal turned their attention to them and their song “Kai Tangata” eventually made its way up to number on their weekly top song countdown, “The Devil’s Dozen”. You can check out the epic music video for it below along with another song below it. I’ve always enjoyed listening to bands that sing in other languages and these guys are no exception. I loved the comparison that Revolver made in their article about the band comparing them to Sepultura. It is honestly the best comparison I’ve seen for the band so far. This won’t be the first time that the band has been over here as they have appeared on Liquid Metal before with Jose Mangin hosting them. Following that, they went on a tour throughout North America just a few months ago with Ministry and Carpenter Brut. I heard from many people that the trio absolutely blew them away. I can’t wait to finally get to check these guys out, and you should be excited too.
Be sure to get out to the show early as Alien Weaponry will be the band kicking off the second day of metal and rock. Buy your tickets to see Alien Weaponry live at Chicago Open Air Presents here. If Chicago Open Air is too far for you, Alien Weaponry is also playing at Epicenter Festival in North Carolina. You can buy tickets for that festival here.
Lewis de Jong – Guitar/Vocals,
Ethan Trembath – Bass Guitar,
Henry de Jong – Drums