I have to be in a certain mood to listen to particular types of Metal. Lately I just haven’t been in the right place to fully appreciate Ex Deo’s take on Symphonic Death Metal on The Immortal Wars from Napalm Records.
While I do realize the band isn’t writing simplistic, straight ahead music, it basically comes across like a movie score, albeit a heavy one. The symphonic elements are pervasive, the spoken passages are all right, and the actual Metal is pretty good. Frontman Maurizio Iacono (also of Kataklysm) has a decent enough delivery, but it grinds on me after a bit of listening, as he sounds the exact same throughout the album – just a little too monotonous.
There are some outstanding parts and pieces – even songs – that will bang some heads. There’s also a lot of pomp to get through. The Immortal Wars isn’t a concept album strictly speaking, but there is an overt theme of ancient warfare depicted through the lyrics and song titles. Opener The Rise of Hannibal, is a stomping track, enormous in its intent, accurate in its execution. Ex Deo’s arrangements and playing are superb, but the music and songs just aren’t sticking in my head. I’m not finding much in the way of truly memorable tracks.
Hispania (Siege of Saguntum) is probably closest to one that I find myself remembering most, being one of the heavier tracks. The Spoils of War is decent enough and closing song The Roman stacks up as one of the better on The Immortal Wars.
Check out The Rise of Hannibal:
There is a level of enjoyability and I do like hearing the over the top compositions, but nothing really sticks with me. A number of riffs are quite good and there is no doubt Ex Deo know how to do epic. If you’re a fan of this sub-genre (Movie Score Symphonic Melodic Death Metal?) you’ll be happy with The Immortal Wars. For such an album, it really comes across as lacking. As for me, I’ll stick with styles that are less overblown.
I hear the sound in a Metal way.
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