TRIVIUM bassist Paolo Gregoletto has posted the following update on the band's web site:
"Paolo here, just giving you an update before we head out early tomorrow for tour. We have finished tracking all of 'The Crusade', 15 songs total. Mixing has already begun and should be done in the next few weeks! We are incredibly excited with what we have accomplished in the studio. There will be much more info about the new album in the next few weeks, so now about the summer touring...
"We are kicking things off in Germany this weekend!!! It's great to get back overseas and play a load of festivals with incredible lineups. Hopefully everyone can get out and support us at all the shows, let the beer and metal flow!
"This goes out to all our friends in Australia and New Zealand who have been patiently waiting for us to come down and play shows for you. Thank you for all the messages you have sent to us, we get hundreds and hundreds a week. There is a good chance we will be down in early 2007, once we confirm them we will let you know! We aren't a band that likes to play a few shows, we will make sure we hit both coasts and play as many shows as we can. Thanks for spreading the word about us!!!! See you soon!!"
"The Crusade" was recorded primarily at AudioHammer Studio in Orlando, Florida. The band's guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy is co-producing the disc with AudioHammer owner and previous collaborator Jason Suecof. Songs include "Ignition", "Contempt Breeds Contamination", "And Sadness Will Sear", "Vengeance", "To the Rats" and "Contemporary Plague". "There's one acoustic song, a SKID ROW/MÖTLEY CRÜE-sounding song, a DEF LEPPARD, Southern-rock metal song and then 11 ridiculously technical thrash songs," Heafy had previously said. "It's a solo insanity CD, but in a good way."