Origin: Montreal, QC, Canada
Genres: Black Metal
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Ex Deo  

Glancing at the lineup here, this would appear to be nothing more than a Kataklysm side project, but in reality this is vocalist Maurizio Iacono's vision, basically to set the stories and history of ancient Rome to death/black metal. Yes, the rest of Kataklysm is along for the ride, along with two other guys, and yes, there is some death metal here, but surprisingly this really isn't all that much like Kataklysm. The music is more of a mid-paced death/black hybrid, almost groove metal at times, with keyboards providing excellent atmospherics that seem perfect when melded with the majesty of the concept lyrics detailing the Roman civilization. Iacono's vocals are forceful, not generic death growls and not really the more hardcore-ish style of his main band either. While Kataklysm is still a relevant force in the extreme metal world, Ex Deo is arguably a more dynamic prospect.

Current Members

Maurizio Iacono

vocals (Kataklysm)

Jean-François Dagenais

guitars (Kataklysm)

Stéphane Barbe

guitars (Kataklysm)

Dano Apekian


Max Duhamel

drums (ex-Kataklysm)

Former Members/Guests

Francois Mongrain

bass (ex-Martyr)

Jonathan Leduc



2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Romulus
  2. Storm the Gates of Alesia
  3. Cry Havoc
  4. In Her Dark Embrace
  5. Invictus
  6. The Final War (Battle of Actium)
  7. Legio XIII
  8. Blood, Courage and The God's That Walk The Earth
  9. Cruor Nostri Abbas
  10. Surrender the Sun
  11. The Pantheon (Jupiter's Reign)
  • Maurizio Iacono
  • Jean-François Dagenais
  • Stéphane Barbe
  • Francois Mongrain
  • Jonathan Leduc
  • Max Duhamel

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 

2012 Napalm
  1. I, Caligvla
  2. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile To Capri)
  3. Per Oculos Aquila
  4. Pollice Verso (Damnatio Ad Bestia)
  5. Divide Et Impera
  6. Burned To Serve As Nocturnal Light
  7. Teutuborg (Ambush Of Varus)
  8. Along The Appian Way
  9. Once Were Romans
  10. Evocatio: The Temple Of Castor & Pollux
  • Maurizio Iacono
  • Jean-François Dagenais
  • Stéphane Barbe
  • Dano Apekian
  • Max Duhamel


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