Tourniquet “Gazing at Medusa”

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Nov 292018

The first 33 seconds of “Sinister Scherzo” convey for me what you can expect of Tourniquet’s “Gazing at Medusa”: virtuosity. The eerie, tremolo-picked melody, sits atop blackened drum blasts, interrupted by a lone flute that signals the first verse. Now in thrash metal country, Tim Owens’ off-kilter delivery voices the madness of a world that “dances tuned to a dark macabre beat.” While a scherzo in the classical sense is played in an upbeat, playful manner “Sinister Scherzo” leaves me with an uneasy chill.

The music of “Longing for Gondwanaland” calls up an image of a warhorse riding into battle. Gondwanaland – the supercontinent – a metaphor of unity that is in stark contrast to today’s reality. We have eschewed the oneness that Paul so aptly describes in Romans 12:4-5:

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

If the melancholy slow march of doom metal is your thing, “Memento Mori” will be an early highlight on “Gazing at Medusa”. The riffs are crushing, and the lyrics remind us of our own mortality. Aaron Guerra and Chris Poland both supply lead melodies that wrench at your heart, while Ted Kirkpatrick keeps the procession moving forward. Continue reading »

May 232018

‘Gazing at Medusa’ the new single from veteran metallers Tourniquet can be streamed below. The song appears on the forthcoming album, “Gazing at Medusa” which is scheduled to be released this summer via Pathogenic Records.

“It was really cool having Deen [Castronovo] on vocals for this track,” says Tourniquet drummer/songwriter Ted Kirkpatrick. “He just killed it, as he always does. Plus having Chris [Poland], one of my favorite guitarists, on lead kind of put it over the top.”

The single is available for purchase from bandcamp.

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– a lifelong spiritual process by which a personal God, through the atoning blood, death, and resurrection of His only Son -Jesus Christ- can begin to stop the flow of going through life without knowing and serving our Creator. HE IS OUR TOURNIQUET. Continue reading »

Tourniquet – “Antiseptic Bloodbath”

 Posted by on October 4, 2012 at 19:52  No Responses »
Oct 042012

I remember many years ago when a friend introduced me to the thrash/ speed metal exploits of Tourniquet. At that time I was just getting into Christian metal bands along the likes of Believer, Deliverance, Extol and Mortification, so Tourniquet was sweet ear candy for me at the time. The album in question was “Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance”. Still one of my favorite Tourniquet releases. Now after all these years I have been given an opportunity to review a band that takes me way back to the days of being a babe in Christ.

I enjoy bands that stretch the envelope of their genre, and have a talent and a passion for what they do. Tourniquet is one of those bands that certainly represents this, and pursues it with enormous amounts of musical skill and excellence that has been harnessed over their 23 years of existence. That said, Tourniquet last released an album in 2003, “Where Moth And Dust Destroy”, and one of my immediate thoughts that crossed mind even before I listened to the album, was are they able to pull it together to bring something fresh. Especially after almost 10 years of dormancy. Continue reading »

‘Tourniquet’ Explains New Album Cover

 Posted by on August 19, 2012 at 17:40  No Responses »
Aug 192012

Christian metallers Tourniquet will release their new album, Antiseptic Bloodbath, later this summer via Pathogenic Records. The CD will feature guest guitar solos by Marty Friedman [ex-Megadeth], Karl Sanders [Nile], Pat TraversBruce Franklin [Trouble] and Santiago Dobles [Aghora].

The Antiseptic Bloodbath cover artwork was created by Travis Smith of Seempieces, who has previously worked with Opeth, Devin Townsend, Nevermore, Ice Earth, Death, Amorphis, among many others.

Commented Tourniquet: “About the cover — the figure of Jesus: Flogging was part of the crucifixion process under Roman law. The whip used had multiple strands of leather with chunks of metal and bone embedded in each strand. Continue reading »

Jul 202012

Christian metallers Tourniquet will release a new album, Antiseptic Bloodbath, this summer via Pathogenic Records. The CD will feature guest guitar solos by Marty Friedman [ex-Megadeth], Karl Sanders [Nile], Pat TraversBruce Franklin [Trouble] and Santiago Dobles [Aghora]

A four-minute video clip featuring footage from the recording sessions for the Antiseptic Bloodbath track Lost Language Of The Andamans can be seen below. Also available is the CD’s cover artwork, which was created by Travis Smith of Seempieces [Opeth, Devin Townsend,Nevermore, Ice Earth, Death, Amorphis].

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