This review is a bit of a departure from our typical wheelhouse, but great music doesn’t just come from one particular genre or sub-genre; and I happen to be a (selective) metal fan. I don’t like the typical “cookie monster” bands. Being that I come from a theatrical background, I place high value on bands that have more than the ability to play the same note REALLY fast for two minutes to cover up the faults of a shitty singer… that’s not the metal I like.
When I listened to the album, This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, by Crusades, I didn’t hear a punk album. I heard some punk elements, and certainly an influence by Rise Against, but what I really heard was a power metal album… which is the metal I like!
The bands that I would compare Crusades to are bands like Kamelot, Queensryche, Blind Guardian, and Sabaton; with maybe a little Ministry and Killing Joke-style 90’s industrial-ish edge.
If you’re into epic builds, theatrical vocal performance, and more of a “Dream Theater” kind of feel; this is probably up your alley!
I liked this album a lot; and in fact, I recommended it to my friends with whom I regularly see metal shows!
Their new EP is availble here, https://crusades666.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-a-sickness-and-sickness-will-end and a full length album on most online music retailers.