Chicago’s Crusadist are amped to finally be going on tour in support of their first full-length “The Unholy Grail” , which was released back in November of 2019. Their tour spans the month of September and will take them across the East Coast of the USA where they will be supporting Inhuman Condition's (featuring members of Obituary, Venom Inc., The Absence) TOURANTULA Tour beginning September 4, 2021 in Orlando FL (all dates listed below).
Tourantula 2021 US East Coast Tour Trailer -
Crusadist is a group of lifelong metal fans that make extreme music for a wide range of fans of the genre both far and wide. It has always been their dream to carry the torch of their predecessors in hopes to inspire others. Their new album “The Unholy Grail” is dark and fantastical, with clear thrash and blackened elements. A sonic cavalcade of riffs and double kicks, screams and melodic choruses; they explain their music in their own words:
“Our music captures the spirit of the warrior within ourselves. We want to ignite that energy within the listeners. Be relentless in your pursuit. Chase your dreams and let nothing or no one stand in your way. The idea of Crusadist is the duality of that warrior. The conflict of remaining noble, while being a savage killer in order to survive, and overcome the adversity that stands in your way. We want to tap into that emotion of strength and inspire that energy needed to persevere against the odds."
Those who catch Crusadist on this tour can look forward to a raw and natural metal show full of energy and aggression. They like to add an element of drama and bring about the essence of the songs and the world they created throughout their conceptual music. They are cinematic in their approach, crafting an epic score to reinforce the emotional message behind the story.
Savagely epic and aggressively melodic, Crusadist is recommended for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, Testament and At The Gates.
Tourantula 2021 US East Coast Tour - Inhuman Condition w/ Crusadist:
Sept 4 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
Sept 5 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Sept 7 - Chesapeake, VA - Riffhouse
Sept 8 - Wilmington, DE - Bar XIII
Sept 9 - Baltimore, MD - Shamrock Inn
Sept 10 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Sept 11 - Staten Island, NY - Mother Pugs
Sept 12 - Albany, NY - Empire
Sept 13 - Providence, RI - Alchemy
Sept 14 - Turtle Creek, PA - Sub Alpine
Sept 15 - Canton, OH - Buzzbin
Sept 16 - Knoxville, TN - Open Chord
Sept 17 - Atlanta, GA - Vision Studios
Sept 18 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
Sept 19 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
1. For Blood and Conquest (5:29)
2. The Unholy Grail (6:20)
3. Tempered In Black Flame (5:55)
4. A Moonlit Brigade (5:32)
5. The Hammer At Dawn (4:54)
6. Triumph Through Torture (instrumental) (2:56)
7. Beyond The Count of Grief (4:35)
8. The Noble Savage (5:22)
9. Only The Fearless Ride (5:55)
Album Length: 47:02
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Crusadist is a Chicago-based metal band forged in the fires of death and thrash.
Formed in July of 2017, by founding members Shaun Albro, Aaron Nobles and Kevin Ariel. In February of 2018, Drummer Jason Rak joined the group. After countless auditions and failed attempts to find a second guitarist, they decided to record a 3 song demo to showcase the style and to find the missing piece. The recording took place at Iron Hand Audio in Chicago Illinois and was recorded by Dan Klein. Guitarist Luke Sever agreed to help with the recording and went on to write and record the solos on the demo. Once the demo was finished, it was obvious that the search was over. The lineup had been completed.
Shaun Albro ~ Vocalist/Lyricist
Aaron Nobles ~ Guitarist
Luke Sever ~ Guitarist
Kevin Ariel ~ Bass
Jason Rak ~ Drums
Now that everything was falling into place, the band started accepting show offers and began to book shows both locally and regionally. Performing in the surrounding states and opening for national and international acts such as Exmortus, Hatchet, Micawber, The Absence, Depths of Hatred, Kalmah, Vried, Homewrecker, Empyrean Throne, Nile, Terrorizer and Vital Remains. During this time the band continued to write material with plans to record a full-length album.
In March of 2019, Crusadist entered Belle City Sound in Racine Wisconsin to begin recording their debut album "The Unholy Grail" with producer/engineer Chris Djuricic (Origin, Jungle Rot, November's Doom, Gorgasm, Against The Plagues). Mixing and Mastering duties were then handled by Jeramie Kling ( The Absence, Venom Inc.) and Taylor Nordberg ( The Absence, Soilwork) of Smoke and Mirrors Productions in Spring Hills Florida. The cover art was created by Swedish Artist Par Olofsson (Immolation, Exodus, Unleashed, Aborted, Braindrill, Against The Plagues).
"The Unholy Grail" was released on November 29, 2019 and is available on all major digital distributors, as well as in physical format in digipaks. The digipak layout was designed by Ryan Kasparian of Burial Clothing in Eerie Colorado.
After enduring countless cancelations due to government shutdowns during the scourge of the pandemic, Crusadist kept busy writing music for a follow-up to The Unholy Grail. 2020 was a year of many trials. Their East Coast Tour was canceled, along with several festivals the band was booked to perform at. Crusadist managed to book studio time and record a new single in which they plan to release in the Fall of 2021.
During the Spring of 2020, Crusadist signed a partnership agreement with Extreme Management Group and Senior Manager Greg Shaw. Crusadist will be on tour in September 2021 supporting Inhuman Condition (featuring members of Obituary, Venom Inc., The Absence) along the United States East Coast. TOURANTULA beginning September 4th in Orlando FL and ending Sept 19th in Tampa, FL.
THE AMPS AND GREEN SCREENS TOP ALBUMS OF 2019!! - Crusadist (#15 of 25)
"Crusadist play Death/Thrash Metal and they do so with a vengeance. Crusadist are the real deal, folks!" (9.5/10) - Amps and Green Screens
"This is seriously addictive, hair windmill, devil horns to the sky mandatory material." (8.5/10) - Dead Rhetoric
"The Unholy Grail is one of the best thrash metal albums I've heard in 2019." - Metal Trenches
"An intelligent combination of Death Metal in the vein of Floridian scene with catchy and energetic elements from Thrash Metal." (8/10) - Metal Temple
"Crusadist masterfully blend thrash and death metal with traditional heavy metal. From headbanging riffs and brutal vocals to blistering solos and pummeling drums, this album has it all." - The Metal Experience
"Their combination of modern death and old school thrash topped with plenty of shredding guitar solos makes for a compelling debut." - Heavy Music Headquarters
"Forged in the fires of death and thrash! A damn fine introduction to the band’s brand of aural aggression." - Worship Metal
"Melodic death/thrash delivered in a punishing manner, while keeping the songs catchy." - Metal Nation
"Stars in the making!" - Noob Heavy
"Crusadist deliver their own amalgam of music styles. Thrash metal, death metal, touches of traditional heavy metal, loaded with melodic leads, dipped in darkness and topped off with raw aggressive vocals!" - Permafrost Today.