Māori metal band Alien Weaponry lands album of the decade honour

New Zealand thrash metal band Alien Weaponry has been awarded a major honour by a Finland-based magazine, winning Album of the Decade with their debut Tū.

The Waipū three-piece, who sing in Te Reo Māori, also won the Best Rock Artist at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMAs) with the album.

The Best Albums of the Decade list topped was voted on by readers of Finland's Tuonela Magazine, with other albums including Gojira's Magma and Tool's Fear Inoculum, which came in at second and third respectively.

"The debut album sounds like a new breed of crossover, replacing speed by groove, but [still] remaining deeply rooted in the thrash metal scene," said Tuonela Magazine of Tū.

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

In February last year, the band landed a major international deal with Napalm Records.

Alien Weaponry has just returned home from a two-year tour.