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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 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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Video Interview With Maurizio Iacono Available

Stormbringer.at conducted a video interview with Kataklysm / Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono at the Masters Of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic on July 10th. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Ex Deo Announces Touring Bassist Dano Apekian

Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist for touring duties:

"EX DEO have enlisted bassist Dano Apekian from Montreal, Quebec’s melodic death metal outfit ASHES OF EDEN. We knew that Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) couldn’t make it on some tours with EX DEO even before we asked him to perform on the album...we needed a person that could be there when called upon for touring. Dano has good stage experience and will serve Rome's conquest proudly!

"I would also like to also dismiss any claim that EX DEO is part of any Christian based band or beliefs. These are false allegations of people who have obviously not educated themselves with history. Rome was part of Polytheism beliefs, in other words, it was pagan, the belief in multiple gods, not Christianity until Emperor Constantine declared the Christian religion legal in Rome. That was the biggest mistake they ever made, it was the start of the fall of Rome and its ideals of free thinking, and for those who dismiss these things as something of the 'past,' well let me tell you that you live in the results of those past events and your way of thinking is based on it, and all the freedoms you take for granted. HAIL ROME!"

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Ex Deo Streaming Entire New Album Online

EX DEO, the new Roman-themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has uploaded their entire debut album on their Myspace page for streaming. “Romulus,” features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN) as well as the following recording line-up:

Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM) - Vocals
Stephane Barbe (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
Max Duhamel (KATAKLYSM) - Drums
Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) - Bass
Jonathan Leduc (BLACKGUARD) – Keyboards

“Romulus” will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. The latest Paganfest European tour dates are as follows: More...

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Swashbuckle Added to PaganFest Europe 2009

New Jerseys very own pirate thrash armada Swashbuckle is set to join this years issue of Paganfest Europe alongside label mates Korpiklaani, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Ex Deo, Unleashed and Alestorm.

Also check out the new songs “Scurvy Back” and “Cruise Ship Terror” from the upcoming album “Back To The Noose,” due on July 24th at www.myspace.com/swashbuckle. Also, check out the video for "Cruise Ship Terror" on YouTube.

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Ex Deo Posts "Romulus" E-Card Online

Roman themed band Ex Deo, featuring Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, has posted an e-card online for their upcoming debut album "Romulus." The e-card can be found here. "Romulus" will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

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Ex Deo Posts New Song, "Legio XIII," Online

EX DEO, the new Roman themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has posted the new track "Legio XIII" on their Myspace page. The song comes off the band’s debut album "Romulus," which also features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN).

Iacono commented:
"First I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for the overwhelming response for the video to the title track, 'Romulus.' Word of mouth has been spreading like wildfire worldwide about EX DEO at the moment! I didn’t think there were so many metal heads that were into the concept of the band and Roman history as much as I am. I was anxious to see the response of the people of Italy and Rome today and the media there has accepted us with open arms. Now with their seal of approval we can show the world ROME! Today we present you another defiant track called 'Legio XIII.' It’s a song in honor of ROME's most devastating and lethal Legion ever assembled; the 13th Legion which helped bring Caesar to power. Enjoy!"

The music video for the title track, "Romulus," was recently released and can be viewed below.

"Romulus" will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19, 2009 in Europe and June 30, 2009 in North America. You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. More...

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Ex Deo Posts "Romulus" Music Video Online

Roman themed band Ex Deo, featuring Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, has posted a new music video online for the title track of the upcoming album "Romulus." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Ex Deo Checks In From The Road

Frontman Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm and Roman themed band Ex Deo issued the following update while on tour alongside Napalm Death:

"We're well into the first week of tour with our old friends in Napalm Death. The shows have been good and everything is under control. We look forward to all the dates and completing the touring cycle for 'Prevail' in 2009. We will do some Euro festivals immediately after this tour is done and then go to Russia and Europe for a short headliner with DEATH ANGEL. The last thing on the agenda regarding KATAKLYSM will be a full European headliner in January 2010 to wrap things up until the next album.

"So after these tours are done our focus will immediately change to our new band EX DEO, which will be released by Nuclear Blast Records in June. The hype behind ‘Romulus’ is gaining massive momentum and this is such a big project! We need get things ready with the live aspect of things and to rehearse and be prepared for Paganfest Europe. Having said that we decided to decline all tour offers coming for KATAKLYSM for the rest of the year. We might also bring this epic band to the States but were not sure yet, since it has to be the right tour.

"We’re going to announce some cool news regarding EX DEO next week. So if you want to watch KATAKLYSM in the states one last time before the next album drops (not before 2011), this would be the tour to come visit us and party like we usually do. A big thank you to the fans for making ‘Prevail’ a very succesfull album worldwide. Now I must gather my legions and take back the throne of metal! The scene needs a kick in the ass back to rebellion and Rome is coming!"

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Ex Deo Confirmed For PaganFest Europe 2009

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).

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Maurizio Iacono Reveals "Romulus" Tracklisting

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!"

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Ex Deo Posts Third Studio Update

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!"

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Ex Deo To Film Music Video For "Romulus"

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!"

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Kataklysm Frontman Debuts Brand New Ex Deo Song

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...

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Maurizio Iacono Issues Update on Ex Deo Activities

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...

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Ex Deo Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

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!"

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