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Ex DEO Ex DEOThe Immortal Wars

Tracklist:
  1. The Rise of Hannibal
  2. Hispania (The Siege of Saguntum)
  3. Crossing The Alps
  4. Sauvetaurilia (Intermezzo)
  5. Cato Major: Carthago delenda est!
  6. Ad Victoriam (The Battle of Zama)
  7. The Spoils of War
  8. The Roman

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Date : February 24, 2017

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History is rife with stories riddled with either triumph or tragedy, and in many cases, both can be found within the same story. Such is the story of Hannibal which has in turn inspired Ex Deo to make this amazing album. For those that are unfamiliar with the character of Hannibal and with the nation of Carthage, here's a brief backstory for you. Carthage and Rome with the primary players in what is known as the Second Punic War. This was a showdown destined to happen, and was the ancient world's equivalent of the boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Smokin' Joe Frazier. They both fought against each other so amazingly, and the genius of Hannibal's leadership sounds like something out of a fantasy novel. You have Hannibal leading his elephant troops through the Italian Alps and while unable to conquer Rome, he terrorized the Italian countryside with his army of thousands of men behind enemy lines for 15 years before finally being subdued. You can probably tell that the reviewer is excited not only to geek out about an amazing period of history, but to also review an album that is the perfect soundtrack to such an amazing time in history.

Everything about this album is movie-soundtrack quality. Not only with the symphony, but also with the guitar and bass lines. You get chills when Maurizio screams in the first song The Rise of Hannibal, "FATHER, ON THIS DAY, I PROMISE TO NEVER BE A FRIEND OF ROME! TO TREAT THEM AS A MORTAL ENEMY! THIS PROMISE I MAKE WITH MY BLOOD! I AM THE SON OF CARTHAGE!" There is no better way to set the tone for what was to become one of the greatest wars of history than with that opening song. Of course, to cover the entirety of the Second Punic War on one single album is too great a task for anyone, but Ex Deo give you enough of a taste that only leaves you eager for more. It's with art like this that truly makes history come alive. It is with art like this that truly makes history come alive.

One could go on and on and on about the greatness of this album, but for the sake of time, this review will be rather short. Not only that, but the reviewer would like those reading this to research and study the Second Punic War so as to educate yourself about a chapter of history that is coming recently into the spotlight. Truly, this is a great album that deserves many listens. It is on par with an album like Blind Guardian's Nightfall In Middle Earth, where you cannot imagine studying the history of the Silmarillion without having those classic songs playing through your head as you are reading it. Yes, it is THAT great. Cheers to Ex Deo for an album that has set the bar even higher for them.

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