Two of the things we get asked about quite often is whether The BDO is a historical or modern order, and whether it it is OK for non-British people to to be part of it….
The answer, in short is that the “British” is more a mythopoeic statement about the source of inspiration and our desire to seek inspiration from the rich heritage of the British Isles in creating a contemporary celebratory, elemental, shamanic connection to the land. But the tools that we aim to provide are applicable anywhere and we are inclusive. Nationality and location are no barrier.
Coming from this viewpoint, I was very excited to listen to and to watch this Kiwi Band, Alien Weaponry. Members of the BDO from New Zealand have been raving about this band for a while now, and the more I listened to the band and what they have to say, the more I got the sense of them being kindred spirits, if you like.
This is HEAVY and reminds me of early Sepultura and Gojira. There is also a mopre melodic thread that reminds me of Bullet For My Valentine. The band sings in Te Reo Maori, which adds so much to it. I get a sense that in blending the two cultures, of Metal and Maori, neither has had to be compromised, and this is the same with the content. There is no denying that Thrash Metal is modern, but the songs they sing are their ancestral stories that have been told to them through generations of their family. There is no problem mixing old and new, keeping traditions alive in a modern world.
This is what BDO student Ady from New Zealand says : “They are well loved & are really going places, what Maori is, is a lot looser than people may think. Maori actually means people, it’s your Whakapapa (lineage/history) & lwi (tribe) that counts more than tone of skin in my opinion”
They are also getting a good reaction to their music on youtube, as these comments indicate…
The band members say their songs are the karakia (prayers) They are singing about their tupuna… really they are getting up there and doing a karakia to the world..
There are some lovely quotes in this mini-documentary below, about how keeping culture relavant keeps it alive.
“If you don’t know your… heritage, you don’t know your whakapapa, you don’t know where you come from… if you don’t know any of that, you’re gonna be lost. We were one of the last indigenous people in the world to be colonised, the ultimate goal of a coloniser is to delete a culture, amalgamate into a single society that doesn’t reflect the indigenous”
And one last song from them. Keep it hard, keep it heavy.
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