Tourniquet “Gazing at Medusa”

 Posted by on November 29, 2018 at 21:08  No Responses »
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 »

Sep 192018
 

‘Sinister Scherzo’ 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 month via Pathogenic Records. Words and music by Ted Kirkpatrick. Thanks to our fans around the globe.

Tim Ripper Owens – lead vocals, Chris Poland – lead guitar, Aaron Guerra – guitar, vocals, Ted Kirkpatrick – drums, bass.

The single is available for purchase from bandcamp.

Tourniquet (USA) has been confirmed as the headliner of the Brainstorm Festival 2018 in The Netherlands. The band returns to Europe for the first time since 2009 and presents their new album “Gazing At Medusa” at the Brainstorm Festival. As a special guest, singer Les Carlsen (Bloodgood, USA) will come along, who recorded an album with Tourniquet exactly 25 years ago. Continue reading »

Sep 032018
 

Tourniquet (USA) has been confirmed as the headliner of the Brainstorm Festival 2018. The band returns to Europe for the first time since 2009 and presents their new album “Gazing At Medusa” at the Brainstorm Festival. As a special guest, singer Les Carlsen (Bloodgood, USA) will come along, who recorded an album with Tourniquet exactly 25 years ago.

Tourniquet will close the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival in Apeldoorn on Saturday 10 November with a long show. Expect a mix of new songs and hits from the 28-year successful career of the band around drummer Ted Kirkpatrick. Of course there will be a meet and greet with the band at the festival. Also the real fans can buy a VIP ticket. This entitles you to a backstage tour, a dinner with Tourniquet and a small photo shoot with the band. Interested? Mail directly at brainstormfestival@gmail.com.

With ‘Gazing At Medusa’, Tourniquet is back in action. On the new album, the band went all out with on microphone singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest / Iced Earth) and a guest role for singer Deen Castronovo (Journey). For the guitar work, the band managed to attract Chris Poland (Megadeth). More than enough reason to see Tourniquet live at work at the Brainstorm Festival in Apeldoorn on November 10th. Continue reading »

Jul 262018
 

Tourniquet co-founder and former guitarist Gary Lenaire has released a new single ‘Vainglorious Hypocrisy’ feat. Luke Easter (ex Tourniquet) & Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, Tony MacAlpine) on bass. Check out the video below.

Lenaire‘s solo debut album “No Time Now” has been self-released in July 2017. The album features guest appearances of: Guy Ritter, Anna Sentina, Bubby Lewis, Neil Swanson, Aly Frank and Others. “No Time Now” is the first record he have  published since 2005. Some of the tracks were posted on Soundcloud and YouTube under the Talking Snakes name—a project in Los Angeles. A number of those tracks were remixed or recorded altogether for this release. Says Gary: “So, indulge me in these 10 tunes, they are all over the place—much like my musical tastes.” Continue reading »

Gary Lenaire – “No Time Now”

 Posted by on July 16, 2018 at 21:44  No Responses »
Jul 162018
 

Although this album has been out for almost a year now, it was only uptill recently that I got my hands on it, and I immediately fell in love with it. Gary Lenaire, one of the founding member of the Tourniquet had been working on this album under the project name – Talking Snakes, with a number of featuring guest such as Bubby Lewis, Anna Sentina, Neil Swanson, Guy Ritter, Aly Frank and Andrijana Janevska. The album was released on the 29th of July 2017 and had been written, produced, engineered and mixed by Gary himself. The mastering and the album artwork was done by Pat Keane and Willie Frazier respectively.

Gary Lenaire has released 12 records, published over 100 songs worldwide, was nominated for six GMA (Dove) Awards, and received HM Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” award from 1994-1996. In context of this album, Gary quotes, “I don’t know what time is or if it exists at all. I have long felt that time, as perceived by humans, is an almost inescapable infatuation with the past and the future–longing for or regretting days gone by and anticipating or dreading the future. It is in that hypnotic daydream that we waste our experience, the actual present–reality as it happens. It is when we truly love that we lose all sense of time: In a song, a family gathering, meditation, prayer, a lover. In recording this record I found myself in that timeless space.” Continue reading »