29.7.12

Tourniquet Antiseptic Bloodbath 2012

Tourniquet, an unique thrash metal band from LA who dedicated themselves as Christian metal buddies. Formed since 1990, Tourniquet is already has enough crowds and fans. My last impression was also nice with their 2003 album Where Moth and Dust Destroy, mostly due to their interesting guest guitarist range from Marty Friedman to Bruce Franklin (Trouble). In this year, Tourniquet recorded new materials after almost 10 years of absence. The album titled Antiseptic Bloodbath is released July 2012, good news is the album also featured guest guitarist to fill in the solo for the band. Including in the line up are Marty Friedman, Bruce Franklin, Pat Travers, Karl Sander (Nile), Santiago Dobles (Aghora) and guitarist in residence Aaron Guerra.

The intro to the first song is a raising eyes choice, the worry actually extended as Tourniquet begin with Offspring-like punk loop completed with yel yel by cheerleader. Luckily a couple of second after the thrash metal riff we all waiting for are in. So this song, Chart of the Elements, is bit of experimental in combining interesting punk loop in thrash metal song.  The titled song Antiseptic Bloodbath is quickly gone to the brutal to match with its lyric, but Tourniquet somehow manage to incorporated classic gospel tune in the end. Pat Traver is the guitarist in charge for the solos of this song, awesome. The Maiden Who Slept In The Glass Coffin is another intrigue composition, it’s come with long guitar instrumental intro (Marty Friedman) before developed into full song. Again Tourniquet continue its twist of guitar and tempo chances in this seven minutes composition. Chamunda Temple Stampede finally the straightforward thrash thing, blast with enough shred by the guest guitarist. Lost Languages of the Andamans is another interesting point if you like the unexpected thing, the guitar provided by Santiago Dobles, who also help in track 89 Bullets.

So quiet an unusual album in thrash metal by Tourniquet. All songs are so dominated by guitar shreds, a good interesting point for all shred lover. Good span of materials here, between straightforward song as in Duplicitous Endeavour to unpredictable tunes with violin as in Fed by Raven, Eaten by Vultures or even a cheerleaders yel yel. The lead voice is certainly lends bits to raw sounds as in early Judas Priest thing. Fans of thrash metal and interesting fans in Christian Metal should listen to this album.

Metalharem class: ******** eight stars out of ten

Tourniquet Antiseptic Bloodbath 2012
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01.Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)
02. Antiseptic Bloodbath
03. The Maiden Who Slept in the Glass Coffin
04. Chamunda Temple Stampede
05. Flowering Cadaver
06. 86 Bullets
07. Duplicitous Endeavor
08. Lost Language of the Andamans
09. Carried Away On Uncertain Wings
10. Fed By Ravens, Eaten By Vultures

Line-up
Luke Easter - vocals
Ted Kirkpatrick - drums
Steve Andino – bass

Pat Travers • lead guitar: Antiseptic Bloodbath
Marty Friedman • lead guitar: The Maiden Who Slept in the Glass Coffin
Bruce Franklin • lead guitar: Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)
Karl Sanders • lead guitar: Chamunda Temple Stampede
Santiago Dobles • lead guitar: 86 Bullets, Lost Language of the Andamans
Adrien Zitoun • cello: The Maiden, Lost Language, Fed by Ravens
Dennis Najoom • trumpet: Antiseptic Bloodbath, The Maiden, Lost Language
Dave Bullock • violin: The Maiden, Lost Language, Fed by Ravens
Neil Kernon • orchestral textures: Duplicitous Endeavor
Hannah Kilburn, Grace Kilburn & Simi • cheerleader vocals: Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)
Pastor Bob Beeman • spoken word vocals: Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures
Rick Muehlbach, Tyler Margritz • spoken word vocals: Duplicitous Endeavor

All bass guitar • Aaron Guerra, except Lost Language of the Andaman’s (00:36-01:50) • Ted Kirkpatrick
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Neil Kernon for Auslander

Gospel and thrash feel artwork


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