In a breathtaking display of musical prowess, Shepherds Reign has released their emotionally charged new single, "Ua Masa'a," ahead of their much-anticipated headlining performance at Blitz Metal Fest, taking place at Auckland's renowned Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
Hailing from South Auckland, New Zealand, and proudly Polynesian, the band features a formidable lineup of Filiva’a James (vocals/keytar), Gideon Voon (guitar), Oliver Leupolu (guitar/production), Shaymen Rameka (drums), and Joseph Oti-George (bass). This ensemble has carved a distinctive niche in the world of heavy metal, combining their unique cultural heritage with unparalleled talent and tenacity.
With a reputation for powerful, primal performances that evoke their Polynesian roots, Shepherds Reign has captured the hearts and minds of fans across Australasia. Their meteoric rise to fame is marked by their screen-shattering music videos, including the captivating "Le Manu," which has amassed over three million views on YouTube.
"Ua Masa'a," the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, is a poignant exploration of heartache and tragedy, delving into the harrowing story of Filiva’a's sister, who was tragically murdered by her spouse and his family. The song masterfully captures the raw emotions of loss and anger, giving voice to the thoughts that his sister may have experienced before her untimely death. The evocative phrase "Ua masa’a le ipu vai," which translates to "The cup has spilt," symbolizes the fragile nature of love, akin to water spilling from a broken cup.
As Shepherds Reign continues to create music that resonates deeply with listeners, "Ua Masa'a" serves as a powerful testament to the band's commitment to shedding light on vital social issues like domestic violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and needs help, please contact your local support hotline.
Shine Domestic Violence Helpline:
0508 744 633
Are You OK NZ: 0800 456 450
As anticipation builds for Shepherds Reign's electrifying performance at Blitz Metal Fest on April 8, 2023, their latest single "Ua Masa'a" stands as a resounding reminder of the transformative power of music. With their unique blend of Polynesian metal and unwavering dedication to their craft, Shepherds Reign is poised to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal.
Pre-order/add/save 'Ua Masa'a' HERE
BLITZ METAL FEST
Saturday 8 April 2023
Ding Dong Lounge | 26 Wyndham St, Auckland 1010
Get consumed by the inferno of Blitz Metal Fest in Auckland! With Shepherds Reign, Deathnir, Forsaken Age, and Senarius, this festival will shake you to your core across three floors. Brace for a night you'll never forget!