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.
The album was recorded in Spring 2016 by Mike Bond at Wolf Lake Studios in Lac-Des-Loups, QC, with additional tracking by Crusades’ own Jordan Bell at Atomic Audio Inc. here in Ottawa. It was mixed by Matt Bayles (the sonic wizard behind myriad masterpieces from Tragedy, Mastodon, Botch, The Murder City Devils, From Ashes Rise … not to mention Pearl Jam, Deftones, Alice in Chains, etc.) at his own Red Room Recording in Seattle, WA, and mastered/co-produced by Martin Bowitz and Jørgen Smådal Larsen (Bowitz/Larsen of The Spectacle, Cold Mailman, Kråkesølv and more) at Strype Audio in Oslo, Norway.