Without the screaming vocals, and with much more frequent dual guitar leads the album was different from what fans had been expecting. These days however, The Crusade fits perfectly into the Trivium catalogue thanks to their newer music combining the two styles, and thanks to the passage of time, along with the mixture of this material with the older stuff at Trivium concerts revealing to many quick-to-dismissal fans that the changes which the band had made for The Crusade weren’t actually as extreme as people thought at the time.
The Crusade features many great songs, many of which the band still keep in their live set to this day, from ‘Entrance of the Conflagration,’ and ‘Unrepentant,’ to the omni-present single ‘Anthem (We Are The Fire)’
The musicianship is of a very high quality, copious guitar solos, thrash tinged riffs and interesting drum fills make for an interesting listen, while the production is of the highest standard, making the album sound fantastic.
Highlights include the ferocious ‘Becoming The Dragon,’ the slow and brooding ‘And Sadness Will Sear,’ and the eight minute instrumental title tack.
To Summarise, don’t be put off by talk of this album not being heavy enough or any talk of selling out, The Crusade is a well written, enjoyable record that is unquestionably worth a chance.