Ex Deo is an Ancient Roman-themed metal act featuring Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono who you may have caught on tour last year with Nile. They have named the album after one of my favorite movies. No — not “Weekend at Bernies.”
Ex Deo will enter the studio in November with producer Jean-François Dagenais (who has worked with the likes of Kataklysm, Misery Index, and Despised Icon) to begin recording their sophomore album, Caligula, for a summer 2012 release via Austria’s Napalm Records.
The CD will be completed over the winter and feature appearances by “some very special guests.”
Commented Iacono: “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.”
Iacono said that the album will be “monumental” but asked fans for patience: “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 2,000th anniversary of Caligula, so we plan on releasing the album on August 31, 2012 on Caligula’s birthday.”
Ex Deo will be touring the U.S. “next winter/spring on a very cool tour that many of Pagan beliefs will come to worship in celebration.”