New Zealand Record Voted Album of The Decade in Finland


Photo - Ann Kermans

New Zealand Te Reo Metal album Tū by Alien Weaponry has been voted the number one album of the decade by readers of Finnish music publication Tuonela Magazine.

The band’s debut album has been widely acclaimed worldwide, having also made album of the decade lists in the UK and America, but the band are surprised to have reached the number one spot in Finland – ahead of European groups Nightwish, Ghost and Gojira and American metal giants Metallica.

“We knew we had a bit of a following in Scandinavia, but this is insane,” says Alien Weaponry drummer Henry de Jong.

The band, who sing many of their songs in Te Reo Māori, made headlines around the world earlier this year when over 7,000 Danish fans greeted the band with a haka at the Copenhell music festival in Copenhagen.

Alien Weaponry have just returned home after a gruelling two-year touring schedule that saw them playing the main stages of the biggest rock music festivals in the world, including Wacken Open Air in Germany, Download in the UK and Hellfest in France. They also played club and arena shows across Europe with Anthrax and Slayer; and joined Ozzy Osborne’s guitarist Zakk Wylde for a tour of the USA with his band Black Label Society.

Alien Weaponry are back in New Zealand for the summer, working on their second album; and will be making only two appearances while home. “We are stoked to be here for the summer and can’t wait to finally be in front of our home crowd,” says singer Lewis de Jong. They will be headlining TUKI Festival in Wanaka on February 8th and Fringe Festival in Auckland on February 29th 2020.

Photo - Ann Kermans

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