EX DEO, the reactivated Ancient Roman-themed arsenal fronted by KATAKLYSM singer Maurizio Iacono, will release its new studio album, "The Immortal Wars", in February 2017 via Napalm Records. The CD's main concept will deal with Punic Wars, a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 B.C. to 146 B.C. The epic legendary wars will come to life and bring the showdown between two of the greatest generals that ever walked the earth, Hannibal and Scipio Africanus, both of whom rewrote the rules of war and strategies. The album will also feature other unexplored subjects on Ancient Rome surely to raise the epic level to the maximum.
Regarding the direction of the new album, EX DEO has a "take-no-prisoner aggressive nature in its attitude with a dramatic and glorious score behind it. [The band] will dig deep into the historic roots of Rome on the new album while honoring its heroes."
Iacono announced in February 2014 that he was taking a break from EX DEO due to scheduling conflicts with his management company and his main band. He explained at the time: "EX DEO started to grow and at some point it will collide with everything, and I need time to breathe. Maybe some years from now, when I'm gray, older with more time at hand, we'll dust off those armors and go for one last battle on the field... For now, enjoy what we have done and see you legions in the afterlife!"
EX DEO's "The Tiberius Cliff (Exile To Capri)" video can be seen below. The song is taken from EX DEO's sophomore album, "Caligvla", which was released in August 2012 via Austria's Napalm Records.
"Caligvla" was mixed by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others.
"Caligvla" featured contributions from ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Francesco Artusato, TRISTANIA singer Mariangela Demurtas, SEPTICFLESH's Seth Siro Anton and GRAVEWORM's Stefano Fiori. Every invited guest on the album was of Roman or Greek descent.