Ghost Cult caught up with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm and Ex Deo about his new band Invictus! They released their debut album this year, “Unstoppable” – out now via MNRK Heavy! In addition to his bands, he owns Hard Impact Artist Management, is the founder of Distortion Music Group, and is co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency Continental Touring, the man is busy all the time. Invictus is a different kind of heavy band for Maurizio, and he discussed the genesis of the band, using melodic parts for the first time ever, picking a band name, shopping a new project to another label, music industry pitfalls, a track-by-track breakdown of the album, and more!
Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re busy, and with two established bands occupying his time Canadian vocalist Maurizio Iacono is certainly that. Not content with already fronting two well known and established bands, the Ex Deo and Kataklysm singer now spearheads Invictus.
It’s probably fair to say that when Venom Inc. released full-length “debut”, Avé in 2017, expectations weren’t too high. Formed by guitarist Mantas (aka Jeff Dunn) and frontman Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan in the wake of the duo’s former band M:Pire of Evil, Venom Inc. appeared to some as a simple rebranding. A change of name with little hope of successfully rekindling past glories. They were wrong.
Symphonic Death Metal band Ex Deo are back with another single and video from their upcoming new album, The Thirteen Years Of Nero, out August 27, 2021 via Napalm Records! Check out “Boudicca (Queen Of The Iceni)” featuring Brittney Slayes of Unleash The Archers now and pre-order the album at the link below!
Symphonic Death Metal band Ex Deo is back with their first new music since 2017’s The Immortal Wars, a single and video for “Imperator” from their upcoming new album, The Thirteen Years Of Nero, out August 27, 2021 via Napalm Records! Check out “Imperator” now and pre-order the album at the link below!
Ghost Cult’s Keefy recently caught up with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm about their new album Unconquered, out September 25 th via their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. We chatted about the new record, the longevity of the band, how the band prepared for this new album, making the video for “The Killshot”, working once again with visionary artist Blake Armstrong on the return of the “heart beast” artwork, how the band is dealing without touring, his other projects with new music on the way such as Ex Deo, his growing hot sauce business, and a discussion of Keefy’s favorite live Kataklysm performance, at the Trois Rivieres Metalfest. Purchase Unconquered here and check out our conversation! Continue reading →
Kataklysm has proudly been waving the banners of Melodic Death and Death Metal for nearly thirty years. Originally hailing from Canada, this now multinational act has consistently delivered strikingly aggressive music for decades and it has solidified their spot at the Heavy Metal table. It’s only been two years since they released their last record, Meditations (Nuclear Blast). Yet this new full-length, Unconquered (Nuclear Blast) demonstrates how this quartet has a wealth of heaviness still to share.
A four-piece band of indeterminate origin (their home town is listed merely as “The Home of Kings”), Warkings are an international – presumably European based – supergroup who like nothing more than to cosplay while singing about such diverse subject matter as fighting, marching, combat, battles, warfare, and conflict.