EX DEO, the the Ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, has pulled out of the ENSIFERUM tour for visa matters beyond the band's control.Commented Maurizio: "Well, the Gods are definitely not smiling on us at the moment. Some confusion happened in the visa departement 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." ENSIFERUM, HYPOCRISY, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE* tour dates: Nov. 29 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
Nov. 30 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Dec. 01 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - Canada*
Dec. 02 - Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC - Canada*
Dec. 03 - Le Medley - Montreal, QC - Canada*
Dec. 04 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA*
Dec. 05 - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY* EX DEO will film a video for the song "In Her Dark Embrace". The clip will once again be shot by renowned director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir "Staca" Lukic (MOONSPELL, KAMELOT, DEATHSTARS, TYPE O NEGATIVE) 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 Iacono: "The first video clip we did was for the title track 'Romulus'. It was an epic venture into the beginning of Rome's 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. We're not going for airplay here, we're 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." "Romulus", the debut album from EX DEO, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD 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 on June 19 (Europe) and June 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records, "Romulus" was recorded with producer (and KATAKLYSM guitarist) Jean-Francois Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, DESPISED ICON, MALEVOLENT CREATION). EX DEO's video for the song "Romulus" can be viewed below. The clip was shot in March in Belgrade, Serbia with Lukic.