Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of Finland’s METAL DE FACTO for the release of their debut album “Imperium Romanum“
The band was formed in late 2017 by Esa Orjatsalo (ex-Dreamtale) and Sami Hinkka (Ensiferum), who had met and discussed the deeper meanings of power metal in Ensiferum’s tour bus. The line-up was soon completed with Atte Marttinen (ex-Kivimetsän Druidi), Benji Connelly (Everfrost), Mikko Salovaara (Leverage) and Mikael Salo (Everfrost). The band promises to “Make Power Metal Great Again” with their powerful sound and epic concepts, ones that deal with different historical themes and mythologies.
The idea was that every album would have a theme based on a certain country’s / culture’s history and mythology. The debut album will deal with the Roman Empire and the many tales, true stories and philosophies associated with it. Each song is about a different aspect of this grand topic, and while being enjoyable as escapist storytelling in itself, also delves into the mindset of the different characters and people from whose perspectives the songs are written.
Guitarist and founder Esa Orjatsalo states: “As our band name states, it is pure heavy metal music just as we like it, it means that it is time to ‘Make Power Metal Great Again’! That is what METAL DE FACTO is all about. “Imperium Romanum” is an album made by a huge power metal fan for other power metal fans. We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel just for the sake of it, but we definitely also brought some fresh perspective into the songwriting. If I would hear this album when I was young, I would have been really excited!”
The first single ‘The Conqueror’ is now available on the major digital stores, alongside the official videoclip on YouTube:
First single “The Conqueror”:
Bass player Sami Hinkka (Ensiferum) comments about the song: ”The Conqueror is the opening track of the album and it tells about the founding myth of Rome. But instead of just telling once again the legend of the brothers Romulus and Remus, we played around with the idea of what did Romulus think after he killed his brother. And even though he saw the glory of Rome, could it have been even greater if they both would’ve still been there to rule together? Musically the song is exactly what we had in our minds when MDF was found: ass kicking power/heavy metal with fast pace, powerful vocals, catchy chorus, mindblowing solos etc.”
‘Imperium Romanum’ was recorded, mixed and mastered at Goodman Studios and Tadaa Music Studio by Esa Orjatsalo. The artwork was created by the renowned Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (Blind Guardian’s Twilight Orchestra, Stratovarius, Accept, Grave Digger, Powerwolf and many more).
The album also features a spoken words by Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm, Ex-Deo) in the last song ‘Germanicus’.
01. The Conqueror
02. Legionnaires’ Oath
03. Naturalis Historia
06. Echoes In Eternity
08. Ides Of March
09. The Ascending Of Jupiter
10. Germanicus (ft. Maurizio Iacono)
METAL DE FACTO are:
Mikael Salo – Vocals
Esa Orjatsalo – Guitars
Mikko Salovaara – Guitars
Sami Hinkka – Bass
Benji Connelly – Keyboard
Atte Marttinen – Drums