After two albums and extensive touring, Ex Deo made the surprising announcement today that the band is laid to rest.
The Roman Legion Black Metal band were formed in 2008 as a side project of Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono. The first album 'Romulus' was released in 2009, followed by 'Caligvla' in 2012.
A third album was widely expected, but this is not to be.
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Writing on the band's official Facebook page, Iacono said:
"Today I decided that Ex Deo and its legions will rest their arms. We will take an indefinite leave of absence, there's a good possibility that Romulus & Caligvla be the only sonic assaults that will ever see the light under the flag of Ancient Rome's lone but real Epic voice: EX DEO
"If another album will ever see the light ...it will be by the will of the Gods and voice of those who believe in the spirit of the once most powerful Empire... ROME, time will tell ... or not.
"I feel we've done two great albums, full of passion and Epic passages, no regrets, just proud moments...
"It was an education on where we all come from, Roma touched your blood one way or another, either through your ancestry or through your way of life, not believing it is not believing who you really are, because the entire world took a new spin towards a progressive future under Roman rule, hence the world we have today, still imperfect with many defects but forging ahead through progress...we will still post stuff here from time to time, hope you enjoyed the ride.
"We thank you for the great comments and thrills you have brought us ROMA CAPUT MUNDI ...Forever
"I leave you with this great passage from my hero:
"I love the name of honor, more than I fear death" - Julius Caesar"
Maurizio Iacono - vocals
Stéphane Barbe - lead guitar
Jean-Francois Dagenais - rhythm guitar
Dano Apekian - bass guitar
Max Duhamel - drums
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