Each part of Crusaders Of Joy was written mere moments before it was recorded, allowing for a potency that would otherwise be missing. It’s in this that the sense of warmth and love, that Justine and Sammy are so eager to convey, is a focal point. Its rich textures are intricately layered together to create a complex piece of music that’s genuinely interested and multi-faceted. It allows breathing space to appreciate its immersive nature, instead of dragging listeners down to wallow in the murky depths, as so many other sludge bands often do.
Crusaders Of Joy is an exciting and mesmerising shove outwards at sonic barriers and, as the closing line of Forever Intimate repeats: 'Joy for all.'
For fans of: Employed to Serve, Thou, Inter Arma
Crusaders Of Joy is out now via Church Road