SHEPHERDS REIGN Releases New Single “Nafanua”, New Album Ala Mai Due Out August 25th!
Polynesian five-piece SHEPHERDS REIGN are barreling toward the release of their long-awaited and highly-anticipated new album Ala Mai, due out this Friday, August 25th, via Golden Robot Records.
Today, the band has shared another taste of the album they have been building toward for years with new single and video “Nafanua”. The elaborates on the track: “A story about Nafanua, Samoa’s Goddess of War. Nafanua, the daughter of Saveasi’uleo, the God of the underworld (Pulotu) was born of a blood clot and buried in the ground. This ancient deity rose from the underworld and defeated all warriors who stood against her to protect her family who suffered at the hands of a foolish King. She was feared by all.”
Fiery, full-bodied and thunderously fearsome, SHEPHERDS REIGN is fiercely dedicated to their cultural heritage. Full of grit and passion, each track on their upcoming opus is ferocious and lively. SHEPHERDS REIGN have stamped their powerful mark on the international music scene in a very short amount of time due to their captivating sound rife with blood pumping ritualistic beats, thick melodic textures and an undeniable energy that draws in each listener.
With a passion that transcends genre and culture and an unwavering dedication to their craft, Ala Mai promises to be as intimidating as it is a catharsis for the metal masses.
About SHEPHERDS REIGN:
Tribal. Supremely talented. Fiercely noble. Richly proud. SHEPHERDS REIGN are bringing their house to your ears, mind and heart, their power and passion unequivocal, their musical voices luminescent and majestic.
You’d do well to start paying attention…
Hailing from South Auckland New Zealand, and thus Polynesian by birth and blood, Filiva’a James (vocals and keytar), Gideon Voon (guitar), Oliver Leupolu (guitar/production), Shaymen Rameka (drums) and Joseph Oti-George (bass) are not playing games. SHEPHERDS REIGN is life, SHEPHERDS REIGN is survival, SHEPHERDS REIGN is mental and physical health and SHEPHERDS REIGN is what they are on this planet to do. Their voice is their mighty, fearsome music and their vocation is to share with the world every aspect of lives and cultures deserve the international ear. Whether unleashing the raw, guttural tribal roar of “Aiga” or the biker-rough riffery which is “End of The Trial”, there is a special passion and power in every single note SHEPHERDS REIGN share with the world, a rare presence which demands the world stage.
SHEPHERDS REIGN carry a motivation and execution which defies logic. Their videos have become a thing of independent heavy metal/hard rock legend, with narratives and production values which embarrass many an established international act, and in a covid19 era, they have managed to amass 2 million+ YouTube views with the video for “Le Manu”, whilst “Aiga”, released on December 5th 2020, has already amassed over 150,000 views.
As for their live show, SHEPHERDS REIGN are famous in Australasia for their primal performance, one which evokes many aspects of their cultural heritage and fierce Polynesian pride. There’s the enormous intimidating presence of James, a towering hulk of humanity adorned with the shark tooth necklace (as are all the band members) who demands your full attention and gets it. Then there’s the gargantuan riffs and twisting dual melodies of Voon and Leupolu, whose virulent virtuosity is undeniable. Rounding out the sound is the crushing, bombastic Rameka/George rhythm section, which gives SHEPHERDS REIGN their propulsive, dynamic metal sound.
Here’s the truth:
Whether you choose to engage or not, SHEPHERDS REIGN’s raw passion, determination and sheer goddamn talent is going to be bringing them to major international stages worldwide as covid19 is wrangled. Theirs is an inevitable journey. You’d be doing yourself a favor to get on-board now before the train’s left the station and you’re kicking yourself black and blue…
SHEPHERDS REIGN is:
Filiva’a James (vocals and keytar)
Gideon Voon (guitar)
Oliver Leupolu (guitar/production)
Shaymen Rameka (drums)
Joseph Oti-George (bass)
Connect with SHEPHERDS REIGN:
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/shepherds-reign/1414192641