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 group then went on to open for national and international acts such as Exmortus, Hatchet, Kalmah, Vreid, Nile, Terrorizer, and Vital Remains while traveling to the nearby states to spread their vicious mix of Death Metal, Black Metal, and Thrash Metal.
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Death/thrash metal quintet Crusadist will release debut album The Unholy Grail on November 29.
A lyric video for the album's first single, the title track, is available below.
In March of 2019 Crusadist entered Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin to begin recording 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 will be available on all major digital distributors, as well as on physical format in digipaks. The digipak layout was designed by Ryan Kasparian of Burial Clothing in Eerie, Colorado.
In support of the release, Crusadist has a string of shows booked in the surrounding states in the Midwest region and have teamed up with Mikael Parks of World Forge Booking & Touring to work on tour dates beginning March 20 - April 6, 2020. ~Bravewords
1. Exhorder - Mourn the Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)
2. Candlemass - The Door to Doom (Napalm Records)
3. Spirit Adrift - Divided by Darkness (20 Buck Spin)
4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest (Flightless Records)
5. Toxic Holocaust - Primal Future: 2019 (eOne Music)
6. Crusadist - The Unholy Grail (Indépendant)
7. Chemicide - Inequality (PRC MUSIC)
8. Destruction - Born to Perish (Nuclear Blast)
9. Mark Morton - Anesthetic (Spinefarm Records)
10. Death Angel - Humanicide (Nuclear Blast)
11. Flotsam and Jetsam - The End of Chaos (AFM Records)
12. HELLYEAH - Welcome Home (Better Noise Music)
13. SUICIDAL ANGELS - Years of Aggression (NoiseArt Records)
14. Midnight Priest (official) - Aggressive Hauntings (Metal On Metal Records)
15. Pounder - Uncivilized (HELLS HEADBANGERS)
16. Exumer - Hostile Defiance (Metal Blade Records)
17. Legion of the Damned - Slaves of the Shadow Realm (Napalm Records)
18. Overkill - The Wings of War (Nuclear Blast)
19. Sacred Reich - Awakening (Metal Blade Records)
20. Anonymus - Sacrifices (Bam&Co - Heavy)
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