Acclaimed te reo metal band Alien Weaponry to play with the NZSO in May

Aotearoa’s Alien Weaponry, hailed as one of the most exciting young metal bands in the world, unite with the NZSO for two special performances in May.

Stronger Together in Hamilton and Christchurch will be a unique music experience for audiences, the NZSO and Alien Weaponry, who have supported metal heavyweights Slayer, Anthrax, Ministry, and Black Label Society across Europe and North America.

The concerts are Alien Weaponry’s first with an orchestra and the first collaboration with a metal band in the NZSO’s 75-year history. Internationally acclaimed New Zealand conductor Holly Mathieson leads the NZSO.

Embraced by audiences and critics around the world, the three-piece from Waipu – lead vocalist and guitarist Lewis de Jong, drummer Henry de Jong (Ngāti Pikiāo and Ngāti Raukawa) and new bass player Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds (Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Wai and Ngāti Hine) – have gone from strength to strength since their debut album Tū in 2018.

Alien Weaponry deliver emotionally and politically charged stories of conflict and grief with a warrior-like attitude, with many of the songs sung in te reo Māori. Some, including the high-octane Kai Tangata, incorporate taonga puoro.

NZSO Chief Executive Peter Biggs says audiences will be blown away by the Orchestra playing with such an acclaimed and innovative band.

“Classical and metal share much of the same DNA. Many of metal and hard rock’s biggest names, including Eddie van Halen, loved and took inspiration from classical composers and performers. Metallica’s live album S&M with the San Francisco Symphony sold in the millions.

“While we’ve collaborated with some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best-known bands and artists, for us to finally play with a metal band of Alien Weaponry’s calibre will be one of the highlights of 2021.”