Pisa is primarily known for its leaning tower. But for Heavy Metal? No, no civic points have been awarded for that until now. VEXILLUM want to change that. With their second album "The Bivouac" the band has an opulent piece of Heavy Metal in their hands. Although the general term "Heavy Metal" is a misnomer. The Italians create their own style. Dashing Euro-Power Metal interwoven with Celtic-/ Nordic-/Folk ingredients is not exactly a common or garden variety and has, as far as we know, has hardly ever been mentioned in articles of the worldwide metal press. VEXILLUM, the name for the legionary banner of the Roman army which, carried before the troops, proudly bore the legion's name, will also surely lead the field with this album which bears their realisation of hmynic Heavy Metal with an unmistakable stampe of their own. Compared with its predecessor, the musical advancement of "The Bivouac" is enormous and the band's concentrated work on its own identity is beginning to bear fruit. "The Bivouac" is certainly an album which will cause much discussion but isn't that the whole point of music? To shake things up, eliminate narrow-mindedness, tear out barriers? Their style can be compared to bands such as RHAPSODY OF FIRE, LABYRINTH, HEIMDALL and VISION DIVINE, without, however, copying them. The album is an absolute must-have for fans of the genre, because every possible wish of fans of the style is fulfilled. And the tremendous production by the band, plus the mastering by R.D. Liapakis & C. Schmid (Mystic Prophecy, Devils Train, Orden Ogan) has brought out the quality of these speed tracks even more, making the eleven songs truly a metallic dream. VEXILLUM's diary already shows two tours confirmed for 2013.