Bringing the symphonic and technical death metal from the underground, Ex Deo are looking to make a massive statement with a powerful sound and crushing instrumentation on their latest record ‘The Immortal Wars’. If you’re a fan of bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse, then this band will be right up your alley.
Opening up with the strong build up, ‘The Rise Of Hannibal’ has a strong army marching quality with its tempo and beat that it will bring the head banging as soon as it enters the room. As well as this, the overall production on the album is phenomenal as every single instrument, whether it be orchestral or by the band comes through as crisp as anything. The breakdown smashes through the walls with the sudden shrill moments of the symphonic elements making you sound like you’re in the middle of a war. It picks up the pace a lot more with ‘Hispania (Siege of Saguntum)’ and with that, the album pushes itself up even higher with the sound and the overall tone of the record. With both guitars playing of each other really well whilst the drums provides a powerful and gripping backing for the chugging/tremolo picking that makes things just become quite overwhelming but with a notion that you cant turn away.
Their main theme throughout the entire album is on Ancient Rome and it sticks to those theme quite religiously. The entire concept helps add to the entire symphonic qualities as well as the lyrics, only making this album that much more unique and exciting. Tracks like ‘Suavetaurilia (Intermezzo)’ highlight the production on this record superbly as well as the follow up track ‘Cato Major: Carthago Delenda Est!’ whose introduction only pushes the enjoyment of the record, but doesn’t overshadow the destruction that the rest of the band bring throughout the record with the vocals telling a strong tale behind its screams. The album closer ‘The Roman’ opens on a sombre note before the rest of the band provide this devastating and clutching element with the guitars that help round out the track superbly whereas the track help bring the album to such a climactic close with the album feeling near perfect by the end of the 9 track onslaught.
With this album being 5 years after its predecessor, it was tough to see what would become of the record, especially with their hiatus. With a lot of blood and sweat going into this third album, the band have made something wonderful and full of life, showing that they aren’t to be looked over and their style is far from uncouth.