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Author:  snowman1989 [ Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:55 pm ]
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I've been gone a long time. Really sorry, I've had a hectic six months moving from place to place and finally settling in Pokeno. Also got a new job, but it's a night shift so I gotta sleep during the day. Really messed up my sleep cycle.

But I have been silent and out of contact for too long. Let me make it up to you with some metal. But perhaps not the kind of metal you'd expect. I know I never did before I found out about Alien Weaponry.



Far as I know, Alien Weaponry is the only band in the world that plays Maori Metal, who do the songs either partly or entirely in Te Reo and feature Maori themes. Oh, and in case you were wondering, those whitebread-looking kids are actually Maori themselves. Over 200 years of sustained contact means there's been a lot of intermarriage. And when I say kids, I'm serious. I think the oldest is only 15 and still at school. Yet, they've already won several local awards, been picked up by an Austrian record label, and they now have a successful international career ahead of them if those 1.6 million views on YouTube are anything to go by. 8-)

Author:  CWS [ Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:56 am ]
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Welcome back! :) It's nice to see you again, I'd honestly been wondering where you'd disappeared to.

As for the video, that's pretty cool stuff, too! I'm reminded vaguely of Sepultura, albeit with a much "cleaner" vocal style, obviously.

Author:  snowman1989 [ Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:18 am ]
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CWS wrote:
As for the video, that's pretty cool stuff, too! I'm reminded vaguely of Sepultura, albeit with a much "cleaner" vocal style, obviously.


I believe stuff like this is also how you get endangered languages to survive. Only 4% of Kiwis can actually hold a conversation in Te Reo. Telling someone to learn a language "because heritage" won't motivate people. You have to give them a reason to care. And as it so happens, Te Reo - and Maori culture and history in general - is really good at lending its weight to metal music. Music is one of our great sources of inspiration.

Author:  snowman1989 [ Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:56 pm ]
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Found the lyrics, and a translation, if you're interested:

He taua, He taua! - (A war party, a war party!)


Waewae tapu takahi te ara taua - (Footsteps pound the sacred warpath)
Ka hopungia e maha nga upoko - (Many heads are sought)
Ka hopungia e maha taurekareka - (Many slaves are sought)
E mahi nga mahi a Tūmatauenga - (This is the work of Tūmatauenga)

(Chorus)

Anei rā - (Behold)
Te uhi o Mataora - (The chisel of Mataora)
Pai tuarā - (The strong back)
Te kokongapere - (The base of the spine)
Nga rape - (The buttock spirals)
Te kitemaimairu - (The thigh)
Tatua taua - (The war belt)
Nga tā moko puhoro - (The tattooed bodies of warriors)
Anei nga tohu a Tūmatauenga - (These are the omens of war)



He pakanga nunui mo te whakautu - (A mighty battle to avenge us)
Tae mai nga tūpuna mo te whakaāwhina - (Our ancestors gather to assist us)
Kia mau nga Tohunga mo te whakakarakia - (Our priests prepare the incantations)
E mahi nga mahi a Tūmatauenga - (This is the work of Tūmatauenga)


(Chorus)

A Tūmatauenga x4 - (Of Tūmatauenga)
Mahi nga mahi a Tūmatauenga x4 - (This is the work of Tūmatauenga)


Whakatangi o nga pū, whakapatu nga taiaha - (The cry of guns, the blows of the taiaha)
Te kikokiko rekareka ō aku hoariri - (The sweet flesh of our enemies)
Nga umu whakakīa tātau kōpū ki te utu - (The ovens fill our bellies with revenge)
E mahi nga mahi a Tūmatauenga - (This is the work of Tūmatauenga)

(Chorus)

Waewae tapu takahi te ara taua - (Footsteps pound the sacred warpath) x4

Author:  CWS [ Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:18 pm ]
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Interesting, and it certainly does flesh out the story depicted in the video.

Especially the extreme emphasis on tattoos. :lol:

Author:  snowman1989 [ Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:43 am ]
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CWS wrote:
Interesting, and it certainly does flesh out the story depicted in the video.

Especially the extreme emphasis on tattoos. :lol:


Maori put a lot of emphasis on tattoos. They were very important to them, even sacred. The way they originally made them is metal as hell. The chisel-like tools they used resulted in the tattoos literally being carved into their skin, and not simply stained into the skin like other tattoos. At one time, they used gunpowder to give them a bluish tinge. Imagine the stinging that would have made. :o

Though I'm surprised the tattoos are what caught your eye in the lyrics, and not the references to enslavement and ritual cannibalism.

Author:  CWS [ Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:08 am ]
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snowman1989 wrote:
Though I'm surprised the tattoos are what caught your eye in the lyrics, and not the references to enslavement and ritual cannibalism.
Sorry, I was referring to the emphasis the video placed on the tattoos, that was why I found it amusing that the lyrics also specifically referenced them. I think they had more screen time in the video than the band actually did. :lol:

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