Jan 262019

Tourniquet co-founder and drummer Ted Kirkpatrick checked in with the following:

“Many of you have been asking for this – here’s your chance! While we’re waiting on the factory to complete the Gazing at Medusa vinyl (still on track for late February), this is THE time to make this happen: 25th Anniversary of Vanishing Lessons – on vinyl for the first time! Remember – Kickstarter is “all or nothing” – so we need to meet our goal for it to be a go. Please join us – and share it everywhere. Together we can release VL to vinyl! Check out the campaign and cool rewards. The first 30 backers will get a 1994 laminated Vanishing Lessons tour pass! – thanks”

Check out the video announcement from Kirkpatrick below. Continue reading »

Dec 262018

Tourniquet co-founder and drummer Ted Kirkpatrick has released a cover of Jeff Beck‘s song ‘Led Boots.’ Kirckpatrick comments: “I always enjoyed playing this super funky tune from Jeff Beck‘s fantastic “Wired” album.

“Wired” is the third solo album by British guitarist Jeff Beck, released on Epic Records in 1976. An instrumental album, it peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

The video can be watched below.

Tourniquet‘s brand new album “Gazing at Medusa” is released on October 18 via Pathogenic Records. 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).

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Dec 122018

Breaking Benjamin will kick off 2019 with a North American headline arena tour next spring, starting on March 15 in Saginaw, Michigan. The tour will include support from SkilletAsking AlexandiaUnderoathFight The Fury and Diamante on select dates. Artist pre-sale started yesterday (Dec. 11), unlocking with the password “EMBER2019”. VIP presale and Citi presale will begin on December 11 at 12 p.m. EST, and all local presales will begin on December 13 at 10 a.m. local time. Public on-sale will begin on December 14 at 10 a.m. local time for most dates.

Additionally, the band will release a music video for their current single, ‘Tourniquet’, on Friday, December 14, completing the visual trilogy of videos released to date from their sixth studio album, “Ember”“Ember” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and has spawned off two No. 1 rock radio hits with recent singles ‘Red Cold River’ andTorn In Two’, marking the band’s eighth and ninth No. 1 singles to date. Continue reading »

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 »

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 »