CROISADES is the latest effort of Gor/Francesco Banchini, which in the last years seems to be more active with his personal project than with his main band Ataraxia. This new CD gathers eleven tracks of which nine are original tunes written by Francesco and two are traditional songs adpted by himself. These songs are the most medieval influenced tracks he ever wrote: the atmosphere, the melody and the instruments used show really well the passion he feels for the "dark age". Even if the music is based on ancient melodies, the concept of the album is really up to date, because Francesco picked up writings of the 1150÷1591 period (Bertran de Born, Folquet de Marseilla, Gaucelm Faidit, etc) which are applicable to the nowadays world facts also. As he explains on the back sleeve: "This cd tales of events that occured to various people in the past, and even though much time has passed since you'll notice that nothing has fundamentally changed".