I am in a bit of an awkward situation with The Immortal Wars by Ex Deo. I fully admit that I wasn’t too impressed with the separate songs released on Youtube to promote the album, and yet here I am giving the album a hefty 9/10 near perfect score. It seems a bit strange, don’t you think?
What I think has happened is that the songs on this album are not bad, in fact I think they’re quite spectacular. The problem is the idea of removing one from the album and expecting it to be just as good simply does not work. This is an album that should never be torn apart like that. The entire album should consist of one or two tracks and should be heard as such.
The Immortal Wars is a solid forty minute long concept album based on Roman history and mythology. It is a brutal piece of music that has some interesting lyrics, well placed riffs and some great melody to boot. The whole thing as a musical concept works beautifully as the songs intertwine with one another creating a lot of momentum that does not stop until the very last second of the final song, The Roman.
The production is very solid with a nice meaty sound that produces the power that death metal needs. It is solidified with the fact that the bass is not cranked all the way up, something a lot of bands like to do now. The sound has been very finely tuned making this record one that you can really turn up without worrying about the music over powering your speakers and/or destroying your ear drums. The Immortal Wars is a very easy listen and could very well be one of the best death metal albums I will hear this year, one which I strongly recommend picking up.
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Track Listing :
- The Rise of Hannibal
- Hispania (Siege of Saguntum)
- Crossing of the Alps
- Suavetaurilla (Intermezzo)
- Cato Major: Carthago Delenda Est!
- Ad Victoriam (The Battle of Zama)
- The Spoils of War
- The Roman