|Review: Ex Deo - Romulus|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.52/5 (70.37%) (27 Votes)
This is a side project by Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono, who rounded up a keyboard player, enlisted the other members of Kataklysm, and cranked out this album of epic-themed Death Metal centered on the Roman Empire. On the one hand, with basically all the members of Kataklysm on hand here, I don't see why they made this a separate project. On the other hand, this is more interesting than Kataklysm have been for years.
Fans of Kataklysm will not find anything new here, as this is essentially Epic: The Poetry of War Part 2. The melodic and epic flourishes are a bit more prominent, but that's about it for differences. The performances are tight, Maurizio's low vocals are as good, and his high screeches are as bad, as they ever are in Kataklysm. The Roman theme is cool, and there is certainly enough good going on here to make me hope this is not a one-off. Romulus is not quite as epic and powerful as it wants to be, but this is way more entertaining than the last few Kataklysm discs. Even if Ex Deo are not reinventing the wheel, they still managed to get it rolling pretty good.
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