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Crusadist: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Crusadist vocalist Shaun Albro shares his story with us.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello! We are staying healthy and productive to the best of our abilities. It’s been tough on everyone, especially aspiring musicians. We utilized our time by writing new material and developing a new battle plan for the next series of sonic assaults.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Yes, unfortunately. We released our debut album “The Unholy Grail” on November 29th, 2019 and had an East Coast tour booked through WorldForge Booking and Touring that got canceled due to nationwide shutdowns. It was set to begin March 20th, 2020. We held onto the plans until Monday, March 16th before we realized it was condemned as more than half of the dates were shut down.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Bands rely on being active and creating positive momentum to the energy. Live performances are vital, especially new bands looking to make connections and build their fanbase. We are lucky to have the internet to help us stay connected to fans. Overall, the pause seemed to at least make people hungry for live shows/events, so the shows that are taking place are being well received. Many times fans express their gratitude for being able to enjoy the experience again.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We were pretty quiet for a while after our tour got canceled and just went into a larva stage. A period of rebirth. We continued to write new material and plan to release a new single with a video by the end of 2021. We also plan to record a new album in early 2022. We teamed up with Greg Shaw at EMG (Extreme Management Group) and are currently on tour with Inhuman Condition (members of Obituary, Terrorizer, Venom Inc, The Absence). The tour consists of 15 shows along the East Coast.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think a lot of new music will come out of the darkness of this situation. Lots of mixed emotions and energies stirring in the winds. I’m hoping it produces some profound compositions.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Musicians are at the core, so I would have to say musicians will suffer most. If they are smart and tactful, perhaps they will suffer the most but emerge stronger. Art is wild and free. It will always find a way.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’m revisiting a lot of 80’s and 90’s Metal. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Ozzy, Judas Priest.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss it all. The fans, the lights, the stage, the bass thundering, the guitars crunching and the vocals screaming! The hair flying, the horns held high and the feeling of having something pure that belongs to all of us!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes. We have been writing from home and sharing files and doing our individual homework. As restrictions eased, we began normal rehearsal schedules.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe
Thank you for having me! Cheers!


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