New Zealand’s Beastwars are back with their brand new single and video – Raise The Sword.

This track and new album is their first new music in a number of years – this is their triumphant return after vocalist Matt Hyde underwent over six months of treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2016 – and he is now in remission.

They announced their new album “IV” in April – which was shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences.

It will be released on Friday, June 28 through Destroy Records.

Beastwars are taking the record on the road – touring New Zealand and Australia in June/July – presented by Panhead Custom Ales.

They are hitting Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand and then jumping over the Tasman to play Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne shows.

All shows minus Christchurch, Dunedin and Brisbane will feature Australia’s Witchskull.

Beastwars formed in Wellington in 2006.

Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for Best New Zealand Rock Album at the New Zealand Music Awards, as were their second and third albums 2014’s Blood Becomes Fire and 2016’s The Death Of All Things.

Beastwars and Blood Becomes Fire were also nominated for the Taite Music Prize.

Beastwars’ new album IV will be released on Friday, June 28 and can be pre-ordered now. Limited edition vinyl, cassette and t-shirt bundles are available here. Single Omens is available for streaming and purchase now.