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Finnish power metal band METAL DE FACTO has just unleashed their lyric video for “The Ascending Of Jupiter“,  the latest single from their upcoming debut album Imperium Romanum due for worldwide release on November 22nd in Europe and December 13th in North America via Rockshots Records.

Singer Mikael Salo and bass player Sami Hinkka comment about the song: “‘The Ascending Of Jupiter’ is about the mighty Roman thunder god.  Besides writing about the mythology behind Jupiter, we also wanted to explore how gods influenced the life of the average Roman citizens. Musically, we wanted to combine the blistering speed and soaring melodies of power metal, to the pounding strength and visciousness of traditional heavy metal!

The video was made by Jouni Valjakka who is also known from the band Whispered. We’re big fans of Jouni’s video work, and knew that no one else could capture the thunderous flight through the heavens which the song and its theme require quite like him!” 

Imperium Romanum
[November 22, 2019]
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Base:  Helsinki, Finland
Label / Booking / Press:
Rockshots Records

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!” 


Mikael Salo – Vocals
Esa Orjatsalo – Guitars
Mikko Salovaara – Guitars
Sami Hinkka – Bass
Benji Connelly – Keyboard
Atte Marttinen – Drums

The first single ‘The Conqueror’ is now available on the major digital stores, alongside the official videoclip on YouTube 




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