We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Crusades’ lyric video for their song “1590 (Swiftness Never Ceasing)” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming third LP, This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, which is scheduled to be released on March 7th through Anxious & Angry (USA) and Countless Altars (Canada/World).

The band comments:

“Musically, I think this song sets the tone for the new record by starting off in the fast, upbeat style of ‘Perhaps You Deliver’ and then transitioning into the more elaborate and dynamic arrangements that characterize the rest of the ‘This Is A Sickness.’

Lyrically, it serves as a sort of blueprint for what’s to come – laying out the themes of loss and grief, highlighting the parallels and distinctions between two lives ending within a short time of each other and in vastly different ways, and the anxieties surrounding one’s own mortality in the face of death and time.

‘This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End’ was recorded in Spring 2016 by Mike Bond at Wolf Lake Studios in Lac-Des-Loups, QC. It was mixed by Matt Bayles (Tragedy, Mastodon, From Ashes Rise, Pearl Jam, etc.) at Red Room Recording in Seattle, WA and mastered by Martin Bowitz (The Spectacle, Cold Mailman) at Strype Audio in Oslo, Norway.

Pumped and terrified to premiere this badboy!”


Ottawa’s Crusades began in 2009, comprised of Jordan Bell on drums, Scott McCash on bass/vocals, Emmanuel Sayer on guitar/vocals, and Dave Williams on guitar/vocals. Prior to Crusades’ formation, the four members played in such established local bands as Sedatives, The Creeps, Buried Inside, The Steve Adamyk Band and others.

The band’s initial and ever-evolving goal is to examine profound personal and universal topics – love, art, life, death, etc – through a lens of freethinking and atheism, offering a critical perspective rooted in philosophical, political, musicological, poetic and historical study.

To date Crusades has released two full-length albums: 2011’s The Sun is Down and The Night is Riding In (a four-way split release between It’s Alive Records / Razorcake Records in North America and Sabotage Records / Hardware Records in Europe) and 2013’s Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear Than I Receive It (on Gainesville, Florida’s long-running No Idea Records).


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