Alien Weaponry Unveils “Tangaroa” Album and Premieres Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

by Patria
Alien Weaponry

New Zealand’s leading heavy metal band, Alien Weaponry, has recently unveiled their second full-length album, “Tangaroa.” This significant release continues the band’s commitment to preserving and celebrating the heritage and culture of their indigenous Māori community. Following their highly successful 2018 album, “Tu,” which garnered widespread critical acclaim, topped charts, and earned numerous award nominations and victories, “Tangaroa” is poised to make a substantial impact on the global metal scene.

Accompanying this musical milestone is the premiere of “Alien Weaponry: Kua Tupu Te Ara,” a documentary directed by Kent Belcher and produced by Nigel McCulloch. This documentary delves deep into the history, present, and future trajectory of Alien Weaponry. Notably, it features appearances from metal luminaries such as Randy Blythe from Lamb of God, Chuck Billy from Testament, and Joe and Mario Duplantier from Gojira.

The 97-minute documentary will make its global debut at the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on June 6, 2024, at the Village East Cinema (8:45 PM, 181-189 2nd Avenue). The premiere event will include an exclusive Q&A session with the film’s director, writer/producer, and editor. Additionally, the film will be screened at various local theaters throughout the festival’s duration, offering audiences a chance to experience this intimate exploration of Alien Weaponry’s musical and cultural journey.

Expressing their anticipation, Alien Weaponry stated, “We are thrilled to finally share this documentary that we have poured years of dedication into. The film chronicles our musical odyssey, showcasing the highs, lows, and everything in between.”

Director Kent Belcher remarked on the significance of the project, saying, “After six years of immersion in the world of Alien Weaponry, capturing their essence on film and delving into Māori culture, I am incredibly gratified to present this work to audiences. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival is a dream realized.”

The documentary’s focus on the band’s familial dynamics and their collective pursuit of artistic and cultural expression adds a profound dimension to the film. Belcher added, “The film’s core lies in its portrayal of family bonds, the challenges of touring together, and the shared passion that propels them forward. Working with Alien Weaponry has been an enlightening experience, and I feel privileged to have been part of this journey.”

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