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Crusades: Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear Than I Receive ItPerhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear Than I Receive It (2013)
No Idea Records

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2011's The Sun is Down and the Night is Riding In was such a perfect rush of visceral pop-punk satisfaction that Crusades must have gone back to the drawing board for this new record and said, "Well, we can't do that again." Not to say that they couldn't write those same songs a second time, because.
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2011's The Sun is Down and the Night is Riding In was such a perfect rush of visceral pop-punk satisfaction that Crusades must have gone back to the drawing board for this new record and said, "Well, we can't do that again." Not to say that they couldn't write those same songs a second time, because they surely could have, but any worthwhile band would see their record be so well-received and then use that as inspiration to flex their creative muscles and go down a different path. If anyone doesn't want to be along for the ride, Crusades could probably care less.

Guitarist/vocalist Dave Williams recently acknowledged in an interview that they were hit with the "pretentious" tag when they announced the concept of their new record, Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear than I Receive It. It is based on the life of 16th century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake by the Catholic Church for his heresy, which he never recanted. Yes, it's unusual for a band on No Idea Records to approach their lyrics like a university professor, but when you remember that in their short existence Crusades have done nothing but detail the evils and pitfalls of religion, the Bruno concept only makes sense.

Crusades have retained their lyrical targets, but the music is noticeably changed. Much of The Sun is Down dealt in urgent 2-minute bursts of straightforward pop-punk, with very little sentiment or friendly chord changes, and a murky production with buried vocals that made them sound like a black metal band not playing black metal. The production on Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment lifts off a bit of that murk and allows the vocals and the playing to come through much more clearly. This time, you actually have a chance of understanding half of their lyrics. The band still have a hard time fitting such big ideas with big words into the space allowed for vocal patterns, which makes a few melodies a bit clunky. But when the lyrics are so insightful, the subjects so bold in their total disregard for pop-punk convention, it feels fickle to complain.

The songwriting has also taken a big step forward. Williams admitted that they were actively trying to write a "grower" of a record, effectively reviewing the record himself, because that's exactly what this is, at least in comparison to their past work. The tempos are slower and the hooks are not as immediate. But just because a hook doesn't slam you in the face at first doesn't mean it isn't there, and as many of these songs reveal themselves upon repeated listening, there is value in contemplation and care. Some of these songs push the four-minute mark, sometimes by simply taking their time and extending a final section with one lyric being sung over and over again. "The Signs of the Times" features bassist/vocalist Skottie Lobotomy repeating the line, "The mallet and the wedge between discernment and belief," and with every repetition, as Williams and guitarist/vocalist Emmanuel Sayer add their backing vocals, and the playing picks up in intensity, the melody just gets catchier and catchier. But the record is not all just strumming the same chords for four minutes, as Crusades have also added new tricks to their structural skills, showing their Iron Maiden-inspired chops in the blistering middle of "The Transport of Intrepid Souls." And "Exitus" comes as the perfect closer, in both atmosphere and emotional catharsis, as well as an even more patient knack for when to hold back and when to hit hard.

Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment is not a perfect record, but I only feel that way because I know the band are still progressing, and we're getting to watch that progress. They are all such talented players and have such a firm conviction in what they want to say that if they keep making records, they will expand what they do to levels that we might not be ready to handle. They already defy true definition, because it feels wrong to call this pop-punk when we give that same label to say, the Dopamines. But it certainly isn't metal, nor is it hardcore. Maybe Crusades are just an evil band. That's it. They're evil, and evil shows itself in many ways. Crusades will discover even better ideas for harnessing that evil into music that moves the body back and forth, while moving the brain forward.

 

 
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floggingmicah (December 25, 2013)

This is right up my alley. This record is haunting. Gives me a sorta Misfits/TSOL vibe. Love it.

lmchc (December 19, 2013)

and the Art of Drowning AFI cut with some Bad Religion is a probably a good starting point for comparison

lmchc (December 19, 2013)

crusades are proof that hardcore atheists are douchebags

great songs, but when you wrap up so much of who you are in something you DON'T believe in, it gets a little ridiculous

as a result, i'm fine with the lyrics I can't understand

hobbzoid (December 18, 2013)

this record is one toke over the line. I like the first era of this band a whole lot tho.

moistphily (December 18, 2013)

If this isn't hooky I don't know what is. This is hook after hook, it's relentless.

moistphily (December 18, 2013)

Aw this is great

lukabratzi (December 17, 2013)

Really great, but hugely different from the last one. The first one I knew immediately that I loved it and would love it forever ... this one is a slower grower.

So yeah good review duder

deputywinston (December 17, 2013)

This album is good, but you definitely can't call it pop punk anymore. It's more like AFI meets Propagandhi. Honestly, I miss the pop punk elements of their previous album, and wish they would have kept that sound at least a LITTLE. But this is still one of my favorites this year.

elliot (December 17, 2013)

@ak3punk: I'll stop being so lazy. Duly noted.

Just curious: if not pop-punk, what would you call Crusades?

ak3punk (December 17, 2013)

"pop punk" - so this sounds like Screeching Weasel, The Descendents, Blink 182, The Copyrights, Polar Bear Club, The Wonder Years, etc, etc?!?! Lets just call "pop punk" what it really is; a fucking useless label used by lazy music journalists/reviewers. Can we kill that label? No matter what site a review is done on, everything gets labeled as "pop punk". "Pop punk" is the last fucking label that comes to mind when hearing this album.

wallofyouth (December 17, 2013)

correct me if i'm wrong but shouldn't it be "perhaps you deliver this judgment with greater fear than with which i receive it"

??

glacierfanclub (December 17, 2013)

This album SUCCCCKKKKKKKKSSSSSSS so hard. Last one was great.

BonerPirate (December 17, 2013)

Amazing album, definitely a grower as far as pop punk goes. Maybe my favorite of the year.

Scruffy (December 17, 2013)

"mixed with something lighter, but that I also know and can't put my finger on"

Pre-Sing The Sorrow AFI? Because that's what I hear. And I love it.

1776 (December 17, 2013)

I want to love it, but instead just like it. Definitely a step better than their first album... the production sounds better IMHO and on CD the volume level isn't off like it was on their first one.

eazyd2 (December 17, 2013)

Still cant understand a single fuckin lyric. how can i like it tthen? How? No i just cannot do that

phantom_maggot (December 17, 2013)

This album is fantastic. They band is growing in a natural fashion. While I sometimes miss immediate hooks of their previous effort, this record still manages to be very catchy. I hope that they play the San Francisco Bay Area at some point in the future.

incomplicit (December 17, 2013)

Third element is After-the-Eulogy era Boy Sets Fire.

incomplicit (December 17, 2013)

Oh wow, what a treat. This review made me check this out, and it's so so good. The songs are like melodic Todd (Propagandhi) songs mixed with Funeral Oration mixed with something lighter, but that I also know and can't put my finger on. This is going to be in heavy rotation.

bastard_squad (December 16, 2013)

Absolutely one of my favorite things this year. 'Transport of Intrepid Souls' is goddamn chilling.

MN_DrNick (December 16, 2013)

Shit's tight.

killdefenses (December 16, 2013)

love it, but preferred the first LPs production over this.

yinzer (December 16, 2013)

Perfect album. Def in my top 3 of the year.

skankaholikk (December 16, 2013)

My album of the year. These guys need to tour more now.

bryne (December 16, 2013)

Album rules.

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