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EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make their live debut this September/October on the special edition trek of Europe’s biggest pagan/folk-metal tour, PaganFest.
Co-headlining throughout will be Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Support will come from Sweden’s UNLEASHED, United Kingdom’s ALESTORM, EX DEO and Canada’s BLACKGUARD.
Special appearances will be made by Finland’s MOONSORROW and Norway’s Einherjer on select dates (marked "Extended Show" below).
Here are the latest PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 tour dates: More...
EX DEO’s Maurizio Iacono checks in with the following update:
"I’m now back home after quite a long journey to Canada (to record the rest of my vocals for EX DEO) and Belgium with Kataklysm for some good beers and a good time (headlining the Maximum Metal & Hardcore Festival). It was killer! Meeting up with old friends is always fun times.
"From there I flew to Belgrade, Serbia where I filmed the video for the title track 'Romulus.' The set up was extremely pro. Stanimir 'Staca' Lukic and Ivan did such an amazing job and paid attention to every single detail. To recreate Rome and the story of Romulus and Remus was a big challenge, but I think we nailed it and the ideas behind it are incredible. Expect an epic feel, like the movie '300' for the texture... A big thank you to all the film crew and the actors!
"I’m also glad to say the album is complete! J-f, Steph , Max, Francois and Jo did a fantastic job. I can’t thank you enough for the dedication for a project so close to my heart (it’s a part of us all now!). The sound is in your face, huge and with so much feeling it will grab you instantly.
"This is some of the best material we have ever written as a band and a completely different outlook and feel then what we have done before. Expect anthem after anthem!"
Here is the tracklisting for "Romulus:" More...
KATAKLSYM frontman Maurizio Iacono is currently in the studio working with his new band, EX DEO, on their debut album titled Romulus. Iacono offered the following progress report on the recording process:
"Well the sun is shining today; I have completed the vocals for EX DEO's Debut album Romulus! I needed to capture the emotions of the songs that J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) and company put together and I feel I succeeded. Jonathan Leduc from BLACKGUARD has done an incredible job on the symphony parts for this album! Songs like the ‘LEGIO XIII’ (the 13th Legion) are so epic you feel you’re literally in Rome on the battlegrounds! Francois Mongrain from MARTYR is almost done tracking the bass lines. I can’t say enough about this man’s talent on bass! We are now just waiting on a few special guests on the album to send in their contributions and we will be ready to mix this beast of an album!
"In the meantime, we will take a few days off as we are heading to Belgium for an exclusive show with KATAKLYSM. Right after that I will go to Belgrade to film the video for the title track "Romulus." The idea of the clip is to recreate the story of Romulus and the Epic times of ancient Rome. We promise a breath taking video! Next week I’ll have another blog with pics from the video shoot!"
Ex Deo, the band inspired by the Roman Empire and headed by Kataklysm's Maurizio Iacono, will be filming a music video for the title track of their forthcoming debut album, "Romulus." The band will be working with acclaimed director Stanimir Lukic.
A statement from frontman Maurizio Iacono reads as follows: "I wanted the ideal person to bring this concept to life and we felt Staca’s plan to do it was the right one. What better place to capture it then Europe itself?! Staca’s work is nothing short of phenomenal and I can’t wait to unleash the past fury of Rome on the world!"
EX DEO, the band formed by Kataklysm's frontman Maurizio Iacono, have premiered a new, demo version of the track "Cry Havoc" from the upcoming debut album, "Romulus," on the bands MySpace page.
Maurizio Iacono checks in with update:
"To start, the band is currently in the studio working on Romulus as we speak. I have enlisted the people that I trust the most on this important project (the boys in KATAKLYSM) to work with me on the first EX DEO album, maybe all of them, we'll see how it goes. J-f Dagenais, Stephane Barbe and Max Duhamel are family and it is important to me to be comfortable and at home." More...
EX DEO frontman Maurizio Iacono issues update on EX DEO activities:
"The first thing that comes to my mind is the end of another year and the entering of another: 2009. Time flies by my friends and I wish everyone a wonderful 2009 with less negativity than what 2008 brought. You know what they say, darkness is followed by light, and vice versa, a cycle of life.
"In 2009, a band I've been waiting to launch for the longest time will finally see its light of day: EX DEO. I've dabbled with this idea even at earlier times when KATAKLYSM's 2001 album 'Epic (The Poetry of War)' and 2002's 'Shadows & Dust' were released. I was never able to fully carry it out the right way, that is, until now.
"As Roman ancestors believed, once Jupiter (king of the gods, son of Saturn) made his rulings, it had to be followed. The time has now come, it is now your turn to follow the calling and witness the rise of this new blood: EX DEO." More...
Ex Deo, the band formed by Kataklysm mastermind Maurizio Iacono has signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band is predominantly based on the history of the Roman Empire. Maurizio Iacono states:
"It is in my blood, I've been contemplating this new band for years and the time has come. Ex Deo - a full band inspired by the Roman Empire - has finally arrived and it’s gonna be monumental! I am proud today to announce the signing with Nuclear Blast. Prepare for the Rise of Rome in 2009!"