I initially discovered Ade through their second album "Spartacus" and it didn't take long for their intense death metal to leave its mark though it probably didn't hurt that they base their concept around the Roman Empire which appeals to the history geek in me. Still, concepts are one thing but it would all be for naught if the music was lacking and this clearly not the case with Ade as their unrelenting assault more than matches the underlying themes they have chosen to explore.
Now signed to Xtreem Music, a label that knows a thing or two about death metal, their third album, "Carthago Delenda Est" ("Carthage must be destroyed"), continues the sound of its predecessor, refines it and then takes it even further. There is still plenty of complexity in the way Ade construct their songs but they also have the ability to build things up or let the elements that give the music depth an opportunity to shine through, "Annibalem" and "Scipio Indomintus Victor" being prime examples of how well this works.
One of the major strengths is the production of the album which carries the heaviness that would be expected from a death metal album while retaining enough clarity to ensure the complexities and orchestration are easily heard. That isn't to say that Ade are lacking in the basic elements as, truth be told, the songs without these embellishments are just as potent, proving that everything else is merely a bonus that provides additional value to the music rather than creating it in the first place.
There are of course comparisons that can be made, Ex Deo for the subject matter, Nile for the incorporation of these influences musically, Fleshgod Apocalypse for the potent orchestration, yet Ade can certainly hold their own among such company even if they are not as well known. "Cartago Delenda Est" is an outstanding death metal album on every level and it will be interesting to see if Ade can continue their development on the next effort though, based upon what they have created here, there really isn't that much more that needs to be done.