Photo by Dave Thomson
Shepherds Reign is a Polynesian Metal band and seem to be a world first. The band is made up of 5 brothers, Pacific, Māori and Asian, who are united in their passion for writing and performing hard hitting music that expresses where they are from and shares their life experiences.
Their authentic sound comes from the fact that the members Filivaa James (Vocals, keys), Oliver Leupolu (guitar, production), Shaymen Rameka (drums), Gideon Voon (guitars) and Joseph Oti-George (bass) were raised in South Auckland of Aotearoa New Zealand, a Pacific hotspot and from here, they dream of world domination.
Shepherds Reign is best experienced live, where each band member gives it their all and aims to smack the audience in the face with their performance. The live show is a culmination of years of playing together and developing their natural chemistry and here is where they are most powerful.
Photo by Michael Loh
Their latest single promises no less, capturing the bands raw energy and a new type of metal
experience, that is, one that carries ancient ancestry within the heavy deep metal grooves. Inspired by
the legend of an ancient Samoan warrior sent out to battle and represent his kingdom, this is quite
possibly the first heavy metal song sung in the Samoan language. The track features
unique cultural elements such as the paté drum (log drum) combined with their modern metal style
influenced by classic rock and progressive metal.
Watch the music video for 'Le Manu'