Thrash-metal trio Alien Weaponry are shining bright since their meteoric emergence, teaming up with AP to share their latest single, “Blinded.”
Hailing from Waipu, New Zealand, the band infuse Māori culture into their unique style of thrash, this time providing a single worthy of a war dance.
While the new song has an English title, the trio frequently use the Māori language Te Reo in their lyrics.
Dripping with intensity, the meaning behind “Blinded” received little explanation from vocalist/guitarist Lewis de Jong. The frontman wants listeners to absorb their own meaning from the track, which is very close to his heart.
“The song has [a] very personal meaning for me, but we wanted the video to leave things more open so people can interpret it their own way,” he says. “Piotr [Kwasnik] and [director] Dwayne [Kyle] 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.”
The video offers an abstract but intense plot, with the band glitching through the wilderness backed by savage breakdowns and venom-tinged words.
Eventually, de Jong comes face to face with a dark entity of himself, leading to a screeching face-off between the two.
“We really loved making this video,” de Jong says. “Piotr Kwasnik has helped us to create six of our previous videos, and there’s a reason we keep working with him, but it was the first time we worked with Dwayne Kyle, and he really brought something new to the mix.”
Check out the hard-hitting track below.
You can grab “Blinded” and the band’s previous single, “Ahi Kā,” on seven-inch vinyl here. Alien Weaponry hit the road with Black Label Society and the Black Dahlia Murder in September before embarking on their headline tour. Tickets for upcoming shows are on sale now with a full list of dates below.
09/11 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater *
09/13 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House *
09/15 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma *
09/16 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station *
09/18 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep *
09/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater *
09/21 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos *
09/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
09/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre *
09/25 – Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Town Center *
09/27 – Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino *
09/28 – Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre *
09/30 – Kitchener, ON @ Elements *
10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
10/02 – Pikeville, KY @ Appalachian Wireless Arena *
10/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
10/05 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater *
10/08 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live *
10/10 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *
10/12 – Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 Festival
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 @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
10/26 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
* with Black Label Society and the Black Dahlia Murder