Ancient Roman death metal has arrived with this gladiatorial guitar playthrough

ADE are an Ancient Roman Metal band. Yep, you read that right. The first-of-their-kind (that we know of) outfit are dedicated to teaching the world about ancient Rome - specifically under Julius Caesar - through brutally heavy music.

Today, in a Guitar World exclusive, guitarist Fabio Palazzola plays through the album’s closing track, Imperator. With heavy-hitting drop-tuned riffs spanning the fretboard, this track is sure to open the pit wherever it's played. You can hear the original below.

2019 saw ADE release their fittingly titled latest album, Rise of the Empire. The record opens with Forge the Myth, a cinematic orchestral piece, with cultural flavorings sprinkled throughout, immediately immersing you in their ancient Roman world.

What follows is an onslaught of death metal, with demonic growling vocals, frantic blast beats, sweeping lead guitar lines and drop-tuned riff madness, spliced with contemplative orchestration.

Rise of the Empire is available now via Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.