The Chicago band 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! Epic Battle Metal!!! The Unholy Grail is the band’s debut album, which will be self-released in four days.
The band was 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 live version of the two tracks For Blood And Conquest / The Unholy Grail,
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).