EX DEO — the Ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono — will enter the studio in November with producer Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX, DESPISED ICON) to begin recording its sophomore album, “Caligula”, for a summer 2012 release via Austria’s Napalm Records. The CD, which will be completed over the winter, will feature appearances by “some very special guests.”
Commented Maurizio: “Writing for the new EX DEO album is in full force. Everything is coming together nicely. We’ve taken some new steps with ‘Caligula’ that we have never explored before musically. The album is shaping up in a very sinister but glorious opus that will turn the heads of not only mortals on this earth but also grab the attention of ‘Caligula’ himself who is probably in full debauchery as we speak
somewhere down below. We intend to make a mark that will last a very long time with this album..
“Fans have been impatient asking why its taking soo long… The answer is pretty simple: We are looking to create a monumental album, and this takes time, on top of our engagements with KATAKLYSM and its world tour, which has, of course, delayed the process. But have no fear, fellow Romans, as we have a tentative release date for you. Next year will mark the 2000th anniversary of Caligula, so we plan on releasing the album on August 31st , 2012 on Caligula‘s birthday worldwide via Napalm Records… and what an event this will be.
“To prove how serious we are in anticipation of ‘Caligula’, EX DEO will embark on U.S. tour next winter/spring on a very cool tour that many of Pagan beliefs will come to worship in celebration. Details to follow on this… A time of change is coming.”
The artwork and layout for “Caligula” will be handled by classic artist Seth (SEPTICFLESH). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “I, Caligula”, “Burned to Serve the Nocturnal Light”, “In War Conquest/Roma Caput Mundi” and “Teutoburg (The Ambush of Varus) – Part 1”.
EX DEO last year completed a North American tour with NILE, PSYCROPTIC and KEEP OF KALESSIN.
“The Final War (Battle Of Actium)”, the latest video from EX DEO, can be viewed below. The clip was helmed by renowned director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir “Staca” Lukic (MOONSPELL, KAMELOT, DEATHSTARS, TYPE O NEGATIVE) in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Romulus”, the debut album from EX DEO, landed at position No. 90 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Released in June 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records, “Romulus” was recorded with producer (and KATAKLYSM guitarist) Jean-Francois Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, DESPISED ICON, MALEVOLENT CREATION).