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Ex Deo

Formed: 2008
From: Montreal, QC, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Ex Deo news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ex Deo To Return in 2011 with "Caligula"

Kataklysm's Facebook page has announced that Ex Deo will return in late 2011 with their sophomore release entitled "Caligula," accompanying the announcement with these words: "I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist untilthe last star falls from the night. Although I have taken the form of Gaius Caligula, I am all men as I am no man and therefore I am a God."

When asked about Ex Deo in a recent interview, guitarist Jean-François replied: "We didn’t know for sure because for us it was really Maurizio’s project, so we did it out of passion for music and to do something different. When we saw the reaction to it and the amount of albums sold, the label certainly wanted us to record a second one. We thought about it and thought “Why not?” It works good, and we actually have a lot to say and more ideas to explore and we want to start working on another one."

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Nile To Tour With Ex Deo And Keep Of Kalessin

Egyptian themed death metallers Nile will return to North America with their second tour in support of their new album "Those Whom The Gods Detest." Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal Ex Deo, Tazmanian tech-death act Psycroptic, Norwegian extreme metallers Keep of Kalessin, and brutal death grinders Pathology. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

10/31 2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh NC
11/1 2010 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville KY
11/2 2010 Sonar – Baltimore MD
11/3 2010 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale NY
11/4 2010 Rocko’s Bar and Grill – Manchester NH
11/5 2010 Club Hell – Providence RI
11/6 2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland OH
11/7 2010 Blondie’s – Detroit MI
11/8 2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago IL
11/9 2010 Station 4 – St. Paul MN
11/12 2010 El Corazon – Seattle WA
11/13 2010 Hawthorne Theater – Portland OR
11/14 2010 Slim’s – San Francisco CA
11/15 2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona CA
11/16 2010 Key Club – Los Angeles CA
11/17 2010 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa AZ
11/18 2010 The Rock – Tucson AZ
11/20 2010 Emo’s – Austin TX
11/21 2010 The Warsaw – Houston TX
11/23 2010Club Firestone – Orlando FL
11/24 2010 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale FL

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Ex Deo To Tour With Behemoth And Decapitated

Ex Deo, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, will be on tour this summer with Polish death metal acts Behemoth and Decapitated. The dates are as follows:

6/20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
6/21 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
6/22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro
6/23 - Sevilla, Spain - La Sala
6/24 - Madrid, Spain - La Sala
6/25 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
6/26 - Monza, Italy - Gods Of Metal
6/28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
6/29 - Marseilles, France - Poste à Galène
6/30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
7/01 - Paris, France - Trabendo
7/02 - Essen, Germany - Turock
7/03 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
7/04 - Lindau, Germany - Club Vaudeville
7/05 - Bruneck, Italy - Ufo
7/08 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp
7/09 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Fest

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Ex Deo Posts New Music Video

Ex Deo, the Roman themed band featuring Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, has debuted the brand new video for the track "The Final War (Battle of Actium)," which deals with Antony and Cleopatra's defiance of Octavian in Egypt. Karl Sanders of Nile makes a special guest appearance on this track with a guitar solo.

Commented Maurizio Iacono: "It's an honor for me that such talented musicians and friends lent their art for a couple songs on this album. I only asked a few selected people that had involvement with history through their music and related to this band's concept, so I salute them for contributing to Rome's rise and they shall be amply rewarded for it."

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Ex Deo Posts Music Video Teaser Trailer

Ex Deo, the ancient Roman themed arsenal lead by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, have released a teaser for their upcoming video “The Final War (Battle of Actium)." The video clip can be viewed below. The song also features a guest solo appearance from Karl Sanders of Nile. The clip will be released on March 15 (Ides of March) in honour of the god of war, Mars.

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono recently stated about the video: “After much discussion with the director Ivan Collic we decided to go with ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’ as the next video clip for Romulus. I love the song ‘In Her Dark Embrace’, which was initially the planned video track, but we’ve decided to bring the whole production one step higher and film ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’. The story line is amazing for this song and we will be able to capture not only Roman battle scenes and all the blood you want, but also the true story behind the war that turned Rome from a republic into an Empire. We’re going full force with this one!”

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Video Interview With Ex Deo Available

Ex Deo, the Roman themed band fronted by Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono, was recently interviewed by HardTimes.ca. Footage of the interview can be found below. Ex Deo recently returned home after making their North American debut alongside Ensiferum and Blackguard Plans are also in the works for the band to film a video clip for the track "The Final War (Battle Actium)," taken from Ex Deo's debut album "Romulus." Filming for the video will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of March to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war. More...

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Ex Deo Posts Performance Footage

Ex Deo, the ancient Roman themed arsenal lead by Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, recently returned home after making their North American debut alongside Enisferum and Blackguard. Performance footage from the their show at The Medley in Montreal on December 3rd can be viewed below.

Plans are also in the works for the band to film a video clip for the track "The Final War (Battle Actium)," which is taken from Ex Deo's debut album "Romulus." The video will be shot once again by director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir Lucik in Belgrade, Serbia. The filming will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of Mars (March) to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war.

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: “After much discussion with the director Ivan Collic we decided to go with ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’ as the next video clip for Romulus. I love the song ‘In Her Dark Embrace’, which was initially the planned video track, but we’ve decided to bring the whole production one step higher and film ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’. The story line is amazing for this song and we will be able to capture not only Roman battle scenes and all the blood you want, but also the true story behind the war that turned Rome from a republic into an Empire. We’re going full force with this one!” More...

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Ex Deo To Play Last Week Of Ensiferum Tour

Ex Deo, the Roman themed band led by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, wants to assure everyone that they will still be playing the last week of shows on the Ensiferum tour, starting November 29th until December 5th. As previously reported, the band had to officially pull out of the rest of the tour due to visa matters beyond their control. Commented Maurizio:

"Hello friends, I’m sending this message to reassure everyone that EX DEO will in fact be present on the last week of the ENSIFERUM tour, starting this Sunday. We have received many e-mails and messages from concerned fans that aren’t sure that we will show up. Although we are disappointed as well that HYPOCRISY could not make it, you should not be worried regarding the new Roman legion. EX DEO will be present and in combat mode. Hail to you all!"

The dates are as follows:

11/29/09 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
11/30/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/02/09 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/03/09 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/04/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
12/05/09 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza – New York, NY

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Hypocrisy To Miss Some US Dates Due To Visa Issues

Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY have issued the following statement in regards to their upcoming tour with ENSIFERUM that starts on Friday, November 6th:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.

As it stands now, we are on stand-by mode and waiting to receive the green light. We hope it’s just a few days before that happens, in the meantime we want to apologize to all the fans that planned on going to see us tear shit up live. We will do our best to re-join the tour as soon as possible!”

HYPOCRISY have enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant second guitarist spot on their tour alongside ENSIFERUM, HYPOCRISY, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE. More...

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Ex Deo Drops Off Some Ensiferum Tour Dates

Ex Deo have pulled out of some dates on the Ensiferum tour for visa matters beyond the bands control. Commented front man Maurizio:

"Well the Gods are definitely not smiling on us at the moment. Some confusion happened in the visa department for a couple guys in our camp and by the time it will be solved, the tour will be too far in for us to join it and financially it would be a disaster. The good news is we will be doing the last week of shows from Chicago to New York. We’re planning some Ex Deo stuff next year in America at the moment. We’ve lots of supporters that will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen so we’ll try our best to make it up next year.”

Ex Deo will film a video for the track “In Her Dark Embrace” taken from the band's debut "Romulus." The video will be shot once again by director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir Lucik in Belgrade, Serbia. The filming will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of Mars (March) to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war.

Ex Deo will still be performing on the following dates: More...

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Ex Deo Working On New Music Video

Ex Deo, the ancient Roman themed band lead by Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, recently returned from a trek in Europe and are now preparing to take on North America along side Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, and Blackguard. Plans are also in the works for the band to film another video for the bands debut "Romulus." The video will be shot once again by director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir Lucik in Belgrade, Serbia. The filming will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of Mars (March) to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war.

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "The first video clip we did was for the title track Romulus. It was an epic venture into the beginning of Romes birth and mythology and served as more of an introduction to the story. This time we’re going to do a video that will turn everyone on their heads. ‘In Her Dark Embrace’ will depict a Roman battle scene. Were not going for airplay here, were going for what Rome was: the most brutal and efficient war machine that ever walked the earth. If it’s blood the people want it’s blood they will get. I can’t wait to get this done.”

Ex Deo's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ex Deo Posts Paganfest Europe Tour Review Video

Roman themed metallers Ex Deo (featuring the members of Kataklysm) have posted a review video clip of the Paganfest Europe 2009 tour. The video clip can be viewed below.

PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 - Tour Review

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Ex Deo Posts Live Video Clips Online

Roman themed metallers Ex Deo (featuring the members of Kataklysm) have posted a series of live video clips online from their September 14th performance in Germany. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Ex Deo Issues Road Report

Ex Deo has issued the following tour road report:

"Yesterday in Munich we kicked off EX DEO's live debut!

"All in all it was successful but like everything it was our first show ever and had some little problems which were expected. Once we set sail, crowd was great and everything was feeling good until a moron local crew guy knocked off our sampler box during 'Romulus' in the sympho part and abruptly ended our set, so little apology to the fans for something that was out of our control.

"Other than that, things feel good and we're having a blast so come out and check this epic force!!"

Ex Deo's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Blackguard Checks In with Tour Recap, Album Update

Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze has checked in with the following Summer Slaughter Tour recap and new album update:

"Hey everyone! Paul Ablaze here. I'm very sorry for the lack of updates, these things slip my mind sometimes . But here it is finally (better late than never i suppose) a little something to let you all know what's gone down and what's in the works!

"Summer Slaughter Re-cap (i started writing this a while ago)

"This years summer slaughter has come and gone. Beers were drunk, blood was shed, vomit covered jeans, didn't see anyone cry but who knows? Point is no one came out the other end of this beast unchanged in some way, and we are without a doubt stronger than we've ever been as a band because of it.
This being only our second full north american tour we had everything to prove to both the fans and our peers, and i believe we won the respect of both along the way. I had said early on in the tour how amazed i was on how social everyone was and how much we as a tour came together and pulled for one another. I truly believe that the only reason this tour finished when it was suppose to and not 4 weeks earlier was because of the strength in character everyone displayed and how devoid everyone was of any kind of "ego" or "rock star" mentality.

"There are certain memories that surly stick out amongst the never ending (sometimes fuzzy) memories of good times that happened over the past month and a half. a few note worthy ones include: More...

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Korpiklaani Comments On Upcoming Paganfest Tour

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have issued the following statement about the upcoming European Paganfest tour:

"We are all packed now, doing the last checks before boarding and heading Germany for the first show of this year's Paganfest. This big European tour will start off tomorrow in München. We will tour in many European countries and hope to see many of our old friends there, and meet new ones!

"We are asked to headline this Paganfest Tour together with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. Of course more bands take part in this great tour: Unleashed, Alestorm, Ex Deo and our old Paganfest friends Swashbuckle. During some evenings we will have special guests, like our fellow countrymen Moonsorrow and Norway’s Einherjer.

"We will keep you all updated, and hope to meet you at Paganfest!"

Korpiklaani's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Swashbuckle To Join Ensiferum On Tour Dates

Pirate metallers Swashbuckle have announced that they will be joining Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, and Blackguard on select dates of their upcoming U.S. tour. The only confirmed date so far has been 11/6 in Springfield, Virginia. More information about specific dates will be announced as it comes available.

Swashbuckle's list of other tour dates are as follows: More...

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Just For Fun

Maurizio Iacono Drawn As Metal Toon

Kataklysm / Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono has posted a "metal toon" image of himself in Roman themed armor online. The picture can be viewed here.

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Ex Deo To Make "Romulus" T.V. Debut This Friday

Ex Deo, the new Roman themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, will make their television debut with the video clip for the song “Romulus” this Friday July 31st on Much Music Canada. Check your local listings for Much Loud show details. The music video for "Romulus" can also be viewed below. More...

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Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo & Blackguard to Tour

Fresh off a successful stint on this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum will kick off an American headlining tour with support from Nuclear Blast recording artists Hypocrisy and Ex Deo as well as Sumerian recording artists Blackguard.

Said Ensiferum guitarist Markus Toivonen:

"We had a great time on this year's Summer Slaughter tour. Thanks to all the bands involved, and to all the fans that came to see us. We're very excited to come back to [America] in November to support our new album, From Afar. Hypocrisy, Ex Deo and Blackguard are great bands. It should be great fun for everyone!"

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will be touring in support of their soon-to-be-released and highly anticipated new full-length, "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity." The record will mark the band's their first full-length since 2005's "Virus."

Commented frontman Peter Tagtgren on the record:

"We’re happy of the result so far; its got everything a Hypocrisy album should have in our own point of view. We will release it October 23rd (Europe) and November 3rd (North America) and start touring in [America], supporting Ensiferum!"

Roman-themed death metal troop Ex Deo, featuring members of Kataklysm, Martyr and Blackguard, will be touring in support of their recently issued debut, "Romulus."

"I would like to thank everyone from the Ensiferum camp for this generous invitation," said mainman Maurizio Iacono. "We cordially accept the offer, but make no mistake: Rome bows to no one and our American legions are growing rapidly. We come for blood and we shall take no prisoners and in the great words of Caesar, 'Vini, Vidi, Vici,' and this is what we intend to do in November.”

The folk-influenced progressive metal act Blackguard are currently celebrating the release of their debut, "Profugus Mortis." Added Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze:

"We had such a blast with our Finnish brothers Ensiferum on the Summer Slaughter tour that a second round seems appropriate. Magnified by the legendary Hypocrisy and our friends in the Roman legion of Ex Deo, this will be the show to see this late fall."

Tour dates to be announced.

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