CRUSADES: Self-titled: 7”

This is a powerhouse of a band. Dark, melodic punk that’s three vocalists deep. And if that’s not enough, all the songs seem to be about Satan and his love. I guess what else would you expect from the dudes from The Sedatives and The Creeps? When I listen to this record, I imagine guys who look like Vigo from Ghostbusters II singing along in the front row. “For every tear you shamed out of them / A river you will shed / For every fear you drove into them / A river raging red.” I’ve only spent about thirty-six hours in Ottawa, but it’s pretty easy to see how great of a city it is, and Crusades is just one more thing for her to be proud of.

 –Daryl Gussin (Scared To Death, myspace.com/scareddeath)