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Artist: Ex Deo
Album: Immortal Wars
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Led by Maurizio Iacono, the outstanding front man from Kataklysm. Ex Deo have delivered another great metal album with Immortal Wars. Take the imagery of the movie “300” and picture a brutal metal soundtrack. Now, you’re getting close to what Ex Deo is all about. Filled with headbanging metal along with some orchestral, symphonic and operatic moments, Immortal Wars plays like an musical audio tour through ancient Roman history. Yes, metal can be intelligent, thought-provoking and be absolutely true to the metal art form. If the thought of this seems to much like a day in history class, don’t worry, there’s plenty of concussion inducing headbanging to make any heavy metal fan throw up the horns. My favorite tracks are “The Rise Of Hannibal”, “Ad Victoriam (The Battle of Zama)”, “The Spoils Of War” and “Crossing The Alps. This some of the best work to date by a great band that always impresses. Their songwriting is in the historical vein similar to what Iron Maiden often does with some of their music. Weaving tales of ancient times with incredible musical ability, Ex Deo is a force to be reckoned with.
01. The Rise of Hannibal
02. Hispania (Siege of Saguntum)
03. Crossing of the Alps
04. Suavetaurilia (Intermezzo)
05. Cato Major: Carthago delenda est!
06. Ad Victoriam (The Battle of Zama)
07. The Spoils of War
08. The Roman
09. The Roman (Radio Edit)
Maurizio Iacono – vocals
Stéphane Barbe – lead guitar
Jean-Francois Dagenais – rhythm guitar
François Mongrain – bass guitar
Jonathan Leduc – keyboards
Oli Beaudoin – drums