Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Christian Metal, Thrash Metal
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Last update/review: August 20, 2012

Tourniquet

Tourniquet has been one of the more well-known and popular Christian thrash bands for some time, and the accolades are well-deserved -- the band's blend of mid-paced power-thrash and intelligent lyrics (thought-provoking and positive, not preachy) makes for recommended listening. The earlier albums focused more on faster thrash, almost bordering on death metal in intensity, while the newer material is more power metal based, but no less heavy. 2000's Microscopic View, is arguable one of their most diverse album yet, full of interesting riffs, contemporary without being trendy, really an excellent album.

May 2003 sees the release of Where Moth And Rust Destroy, featuring two surprise guests in guitarists Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) and Bruce Franklin (Trouble), as well as new bassist Steve Andino.

Recent album: The Slow Cosmic Voyage To Wisdom, released on September 1, 2020.

Current Members

Aaron Guerra

guitars

Ted Kirkpatrick

drums

Former Members/Guests

Guy Ritter

vocals (Echo Hollow)

Luke Easter

vocals

Tim Owens (guest)

vocals (Beyond Fear, Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Winters Bane)

Gary Lenaire

guitars (Echo Hollow)

Erik Mendez

guitars

Marty Friedman (guest)

guitars (ex-Cacophony, ex-Hawaii, ex-Megadeth, ex-Vixen)

Bruce Franklin (guest)

guitars (ex-Generation, ex-Supershine, Trouble)

Chris Poland (guest)

guitars (ex-Damn The Machine, ex-Megadeth)

Victor Macias

bass (Deliverance)

Steve Andino

bass



Discography



Stop The Bleeding  
1990 Intense
  1. The Test for Leprosy
  2. Ready or Not
  3. Ark of Suffering
  4. Tears of Korah
  5. The Threshing Floor
  6. You Get What You Pray For
  7. Swarming Spirits
  8. Whitewashed Tomb
  9. Somnambulism
  10. The Harlot Widow and the Virgin Bride
  • Guy Ritter
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Psycho Surgery  
1991 Intense
  1. Psycho Surgery
  2. A Dog's Breakfast
  3. Viento Borrascoso (Devastating Wind)
  4. Vitals Fading
  5. Spineless
  6. Dysfunctional Domicile
  7. Broken Chromosomes
  8. Stereotaxic Attrocities
  9. Officium Defunctorum
  • Guy Ritter
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance  
1992 Metal Blade
  1. Impending Embolism
  2. Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
  3. Phantom Limb
  4. Ruminating Virulence
  5. Spectrophobic Dementia
  6. Gelatinous Tubercles of Purulent Ossification
  7. Incommensurate
  8. Exoskeletons
  9. Theodicy of Trial
  10. Descent into the Maelstrom
  11. En Hakkore
  12. Skeezix Dilemma
  13. The Tempter
  • Guy Ritter
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Erik Mendez
  • Victor Macias
  • Ted Kirkpatrick
1992 Readers' Album #49




Live Vol. 2  
1993 Intense
  1. Phantom Limb
  2. Medley: Ark of Suffering/Sterotaxic Atrocities
  3. Whitewash Tomb
  4. The Skeezix Dilemma
  5. The Tempter
  6. The Messiah
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Erik Mendez
  • Victor Macias
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Vanishing Lessons  
1994 Intense
  1. Bearing Gruesome Cargo
  2. Pecking Order
  3. Drowning Machine
  4. Pushin' Broom
  5. Vanishing Lessons
  6. My Promise
  7. Acid Head
  8. K517
  9. Twilight
  10. Your Take
  11. Sola Christus
  • Luke Easter
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Victor Macias
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Carry The Wounded  EP
1995 Intense
  1. Carry the Wounded
  2. When the Love is Right (to Lizett)
  3. Oh Well
  4. My Promise
  5. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  • Luke Easter
  • Gary Lenaire
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Victor Macias
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



The Collected Works Of Tourniquet  COMPILATION
1996 Intense
  1. Perfect Night for a Hanging
  2. Vanishing Lessons
  3. Pathogenic Occular Dissonance
  4. Twilight
  5. Psycho Surgery
  6. You Get What You Pay For
  7. Acidhead
  8. Broken Chromosomes
  9. Viento Borrascoso
  10. Carry the Wounded
  11. Bearing Gruesome Cargo
  12. The Skeezix Dilemma
  13. Ark of Suffering
  14. The Hand Trembler



Crawl To China  
1997 Benson
  1. Claustrospelunker
  2. Crawl to China
  3. Enveloped in Python
  4. White Knuckliní the Rosary
  5. If I Was There
  6. The Tell-Tale Heart
  7. Bats
  8. Proprioception: The Line Knives Syndrome
  9. The Kicking
  10. If Pigs Could Fly
  11. Crank (The Knife)
  12. Stumblefoot
  13. Imaginary Friend
  14. Going, going...gone
  15. America
  • Luke Easter
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Acoustic Archives  
1998 Tourniquet
  1. Viento Borracoso
  2. Vanishing Lesson
  3. Claustrospelunker
  4. Bearing Gruesome Cargo
  5. Phantom Limb
  6. Bats
  7. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  8. Twilight
  9. If Pigs Could Fly
  10. Trivializing the Momentous, Complicating the Obvious
  • Luke Easter
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm  
2000 Metal Blade
  1. Besprinkle in Scarlet Horror
  2. Drinking from the Poison Well
  3. Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm
  4. The Tomb of Gilgamesh
  5. Servant of the Bones
  6. Erratic Palpitations of the Human Spirit
  7. Martyr's Pose
  8. Immunity Vector
  9. Indulgence by Proxy
  10. Caixa de Raiva
  11. The Skeezix Dilemma Part II (The Improbable Testimony of the Pipsesewah)
  • Luke Easter
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Ocular Digital  VIDEO
2003 Metal Blade



Where Moth And Rust Destroy  
2003 Metal Blade
  1. Where Moth And Rust Destroy
  2. Restoring The Locust Years
  3. Drawn And Quartered
  4. A Ghost At The Wheel
  5. Architheuthis
  6. Melting The Golden Calf
  7. Convoluted Absolutes
  8. Healing Waters Of The Tigris
  9. In Death We Rise
  • Luke Easter
  • Marty Friedman
  • Bruce Franklin
  • Steve Andino
  • Ted Kirkpatrick
2003 Readers' Album #68




Till Sverige Med Karlek  VIDEO
2006



Antiseptic Bloodbath  
2012 Pathogenic
  1. Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)
  2. Antiseptic Bloodbath
  3. The Maiden Who Slept in the Glass Coffin
  4. Chamunda Temple Stampede
  5. Flowering Cadaver
  6. 86 Bullets
  7. Duplicitous Endeavor
  8. Lost Language of the Andamans
  9. Carried Away On Uncertain Wings
  10. Fed By Ravens, Eaten By Vultures
  • Luke Easter
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Onward To Freedom  
2014 Pathogenic
  1. Onward to Freedom Prelude
  2. Onward to Freedom
  3. The Slave Ring
  4. The Noble Case for Mercy
  5. Let the Wild Just Be Wild
  6. No Soul
  7. If I Had to Do the Killing
  8. Virtual Embryo
  9. Stereotaxic Atrocities
  10. Animal Crossing at the Rainbow Bridge
  11. Drowning in Air
  12. Cage 23
  • Luke Easter
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



Gazing At Medusa  
2018 independent
  1. Sinister Scherzo
  2. Longing for Gondwanaland
  3. Memento Mori
  4. All Good Things Died Here
  5. The Crushing Weight of Eternity
  6. The Peaceful Beauty of Brutal Justice
  7. Can't Make Me Hate You
  8. One Foot in Forever
  9. Gazing at Medusa
  • Tim Owens
  • Aaron Guerra
  • Chris Poland
  • Ted Kirkpatrick



The Epic Tracks  COMPILATION
2019 Pathogenic
  1. Trivializing the Momentous, Complicating the Obvious
  2. Besprinkled in Scarlet Horror
  3. The Tomb of Gilgamesh
  4. Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures
  5. The Skeezix Dillema
  6. The Skeezix Dillema Part II (The Improbable Testimony of Pipsisewah)
  7. Healing Waters of the Tigris
  8. Viento Borrascoso
  9. The Hand Trembler
  10. The Peaceful Beauty of Brutal Justice



The Slow Cosmic Voyage To Wisdom  COMPILATION
2020




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