Crusades
Perhaps You Deliver This Judgement...


3.8
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
January 24th, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A relentless blast of Atheistic punk. Recommended if you don't like Jesus.

While it’s easy to write off what most punk bands these days have to say as half baked brain queefs and idealistic nonsense, Crusades take that perceived lack of depth and absolutely crush it on Perhaps You Deliver This Judgement With Greater Fear Than I Receive It. Crusades is a band that wants to make sure you know every ounce of perceived evil in religion that they can find, and even if you don’t wholeheartedly agree with their philosophy, it’s hard to argue that the lyrics themselves aren’t deep and often capable of thought provoking phrases. Lines like “Armspan wide and tendrils tried, Yet none could strangle the tyranny of will” from the second track of the album ‘The Torchbearer’ hint towards the personal suffocation organized religion can inflict upon the population, and being a concept record about 16th century Giordano Bruno (A man executed for his contrarian views) the rest of the album delivers more anti-religious condemnations, and while it does occasionally lapse so far into it’s own pretension that it gets ridiculous, it’s written consistently enough and with so much conviction that the rougher parts generally get glossed over.

Whereas the bands debut was a pretty straightforward hardcore/pop-punk record, Perhaps You Deliver… is a much more fleshed out affair. Taking cues from mid era AFI and more melodic hardcore bands, the songs here occasionally break free of the constant up-tempo, non-stop hookfest that bands like Crusades tend to gravitate towards. “The Transport of Intrepid Souls” and “The Heroic Frenzies” mix slow burning build ups with friendly sing a long choruses, while “Exitus” is a huge, epic closer that veers more towards the sludge metal spectrum of things for most of its run. However, the band still finds itself drifting too often into the same sound, and even with decently crisp production, a lot of the album becomes homogeneous. It’s never terrible or insulting, but you still get that tingling sense of “What song am I listening to?” even after a few listens that’s fairly frustrating. However, all in all Crusades have made a worthy entry into the annals of intelligent punk music, and Perhaps You Deliver… is a good starting point for this band to really blossom into something special. Just don’t expect them to be be supporting Underoath on their reunion tour.




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Pheromone
January 24th 2014


4711 Comments


mate if I love Jesus will I still enjoy it, I need full commitment here

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Pheromone
January 24th 2014


4711 Comments


He's a win win though Hep
If he's real he's a BAMF
If he's fake he's a BAMF
Can't go wrong with the bearded saint

ShitsofRain
January 24th 2014


7466 Comments


recommended if u hate for today

BigSneakySnatch
January 24th 2014


343 Comments


cool, i can play this around my jesus friends and theyll think im a total bad ass even though im not

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2014


11299 Comments


cool album title guys

Curse.
January 24th 2014


8042 Comments


Jesus is cool I guess

PunchforPunch
January 24th 2014


6279 Comments


don't hate the J, hate the P

BlacKapes
January 24th 2014


1697 Comments


heyzeus

this looks like a nice christian album, good picture of jesus being crucified and how he died for our sins and an old monk

Spec
January 25th 2014


30710 Comments


sounds intriguing..

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TheBarber
January 25th 2014


3263 Comments


meh

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jefflebowski
January 25th 2014


8440 Comments


this sounds like it's trying way too hard lyrically

taxidermist
January 25th 2014


7224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet review Hanson. Def feel like checking this out. Hail Satan etc.

KriegdemKriege
January 26th 2014


1518 Comments


I gave this a listen, I think it's really good. I had never heard of the group before this review, so thanks.

KriegdemKriege
January 26th 2014


1518 Comments


Also, fantastic album title.

ShadowRemains
January 26th 2014


23438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Lotus
January 26th 2014


508 Comments


yeah satan m/

Green Baron
January 27th 2014


22315 Comments


take the devil to your graves

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EaglesBecomeVultures
January 29th 2014


5421 Comments


way to fuck up a great thread greenlink

Tunaboy45
February 3rd 2014


11714 Comments


This is an awesome review, but I'm still hooked on the future is cancelled.

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ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2014


23438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dig everything this band has done



something about 'em just hits the spot for me, i'm a sucker for dark melodies



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