ANTISEPTIC BLOODBATH

by Tourniquet

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The title track, 'Antiseptic Bloodbath', speaks of the way our society prefers to sanitize brutality. We can have our tidy Christian faith, or continue with no faith at all, as long as we don't consider the painful bloody price that was paid for us.

We use animals for our food, profit, and amusement, but would rather not know about the needless, often systematic suffering that is inflicted on them by a callous and greedy humanity. 'Don't upset my comfort zone — brutal truth, leave me alone.' The great news is that we have the ability to choose. This album encourages us to make good and humane choices in our daily lives that reflect these images.

About the cover - ANTISEPTIC BLOODBATH, like every Tourniquet album, is full of songs about God, but this time it’s not just songs about God with an animal welfare tune thrown in. This album ties it all together as one issue, and the references to animals hopefully serve to point us toward God, and to remind us of what He expects from all of us when it comes to His creation. It’s an album about each of us learning and choosing to show compassion and mercy to all of the living, created beings we see around us –and those we owe so much to, but often cannot see - the millions who suffer carefully hidden away from the world.

Antiseptic Bloodbath challenges us to not look away – not from the painful, gruesome death Jesus suffered on the cross so we could have life, and not from the heartbreaking lives that many of God’s creatures suffer and endure as we lock them up in windowless sheds, destroy their jungle habitats, kill them for sport, consign them to lives of invasive experiments, force them to do silly tricks or fight to the death for our amusement and profit, take them from the wild to become pets, and abandon our companion animals to fend for themselves.

The cover shows a cow, symbolizing the short miserable lives of animals born, raised, and killed for food at the hands of a merciless industry that treats them merely as product for the sake of the almighty dollar, ignoring the fact that they are thinking, feeling beings that experience most of the same things humans do: happiness, sorrow, frustration, boredom, family bonds, anger, hopelessness, and of course the ability to endure intense pain and suffering. The cover shows a cow, but it could just as easily have been an orangutan, dog, snake, cat, elephant, chicken, pig, or killer whale.

People have asked us, “Why write and record songs dealing with animals when there are other more important issues to deal with?” For me, this issue is just as important as any other, and there are hundreds of bands (including Tourniquet) with thousands of songs that deal with all the different issues of life and matters of Christianity. How many deal with the compassionate treatment of the animals we share this planet with? I Timothy 6:10 says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. So often it is the love of money that leads to the tremendous suffering and exploitation of animals. If it’s not because of the love of money, it’s often greed, selfishness, or just plain wickedness. It’s wrong. It’s evil – and it’s sin.

Compassion and mercy should be a part of who we are. It’s part of being a decent human being, whether or not we claim to be Christians. God’s compassion and mercy doesn’t stop at humans. He is compassionate to all He has made – and He created every animal. We cannot compartmentalize our compassion. We cannot claim to show Christian compassion to people, and at the same time dismiss the call to demonstrate compassion for God’s other creatures.

Compassion comes from the heart and is demonstrated not just by feeling, but by action. We make many choices daily that may seem trivial and automatic to us, but that have a huge impact on the lives of animals - for better or worse. We basically hold all the cards in terms of how their lives play out. Today, there are more ways to choose to show compassion for animals than ever before. We all have a chance to make life better for God’s creatures. I have no doubt it honors God when we do.

I write songs about what is important to me – what matters to me. And what happens to animals and the environment - our forests, jungles, swamps, deserts, backyards - matters greatly to me, as it does to God.
We all seek to have purpose in life and to do what we feel led to do. I have an undying passion for helping animals. I rejoice for them, mourn for them, and I am constantly fascinated by them. My greatest joy is seeing animals live their lives with the freedom to do what makes them happy, I guess, to be animals. When I look at them, I see the beauty of a loving God, in whom I have no doubt when they depart this earth, He welcomes them all into his presence - where we will one day see them again.

I gladly proclaim this message - connecting to our lives what I believe is the most neglected aspect of Christian faith – how we interact with animals. I am fortunate and thankful to be in a band with Luke and Aaron as they “get it”, and they share this general belief. Our hope is for all of us to choose to live by mercy and compassion for our fellow humans and for all God’s creatures. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. Enjoy the tunes.

Ted Kirkpatrick July 2012

credits

released July 13, 2012

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Tourniquet is:
Ted Kirkpatrick • drums
Luke Easter • vocals
Aaron Guerra • guitars/vocals

Additional musicians:

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

Drums (June 6-9, 2011) & bass guitar (April 21–22, 2012) recorded at Rax Trax Recording, Chicago, IL.

Rhythm guitars & vocals recorded August 30-September 13, 2011 at Paradisea Studio - Milwaukee, WI.

Mixed June 2012 at OTB - Chicago, IL.

Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY

Ted endorses: DW drums, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans drumheads

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Track Name: Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)
Chart of the Elements (Lincchostbllis)

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

Give me an l – lithium, give me an n – nitrogen, give me a c – carbon, give me a ch – chlorine, Give me an h – hydrogen, give me an o – oxygen, s-t-b-l-l-i-s

Chart of the elements

The chart, hung on the wall of the school - learn every element, the golden rule
Written in stone, we were told it was true – to question it would make you look like a fool

A shocking discovery was recently made, some facts were messed up on the chart we obeyed
An error was found in the weights of these ten, so tear down the chart – let’s start over again

Lead: Guerra

God lives, God is truth, God breathes, God is truth
God loves, God is truth, God lives, God is truth

Lattice energy, orbital properties, allotropes, isotopes, vaporized particles
Lattice energy, orbital properties, allotropes, isotopes, covalent radius

Chart of the elements

Lead: Bruce Franklin



h li b n o c si s cl tl - - Lincchostbllis
(lithium (li), nitrogen (n) carbon (c), chlorine (cl), hydrogen (h), oxygen (o), sulphur (s), thallium (tl), boron (b), silicon (si)
Track Name: Antiseptic Bloodbath
Antiseptic Bloodbath

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

2000 years ago a sacrifice was made for us
When the holy lamb of god gave his all upon the cross
It’s easy to forget, cause it happened long ago
The details aren’t important, plus we already know

We sanitize brutality
We casually let it wash right on past our heads
For our comfort we maintain and live our life that way instead
We sanitize brutality

Antiseptic bloodbath - sanitize it please
Don’t upset my comfort zone – brutal truth leave me alone

The bible is given to those who receive
But never forget what it took to achieve
The black ink on white tames the bloodiest price
The pages are dripping with the blood of Christ

The blood of cloven hoof and feathered fowl stains the floor
And no one but the workers hear their screams and the gore
Their miserable lives were never meant for us to see
So we who do not kill them we accept it by degree

We sanitize brutality, we sanitize brutality
Pneumatic bolt to pierce the skull dispatch them one by one
Terrified they look on but there is nowhere to run
Crammed in wire cages - mutilated and defeated
On a factory farm of any life they’re always cheated

Lead: Guerra

Antiseptic bloodbath - sanitize it please
Don’t upset my comfort zone – brutal truth leaves me alone

Their various parts packaged up oh so nice
You can’t see the blood as it sits on the ice
The life from their bodies all washed down the drain
You buy it so they do it over again

Let not yourself become detached from innocent spilled blood
But I cannot let my painted world get dragged right through the mud
I cannot bear to look my suffering savior in the eye
I cannot bear to hear their piercing screaming as they die

Antiseptic bloodbath – sanitize it please

Lead: Pat Travers

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus going on before
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe
Forward into battle see His banners go
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus going on before
Track Name: The Maiden Who Slept in the Glass Coffin
The Maiden Who Slept in the Glass Coffin

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

All leads: Marty Friedman

Shield yourself from all the pain
Let nothing get inside your brain
Ignore the need for others in your life
Stuff all your feelings deep within
Block out the gentle voice from above
Be sure to deflect most of all love
Let your hardened heart close up and die
“Live for myself” the words you live by

The seven kept a vigil by her side
Refusing to believe that she had died
No sign of life in her coffin made of glass
‘til a prince her way did pass
A single kiss had brought her back to life
To live and love once more
There lives the prince of peace who waits for you
Just open up the door
Track Name: Chamunda Temple Stampede
Chamunda Temple Stampede

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

Lead: Karl Sanders

Darshan goddess, kneel at her throne
3:45 AM, no way they could have known
Ancient holy site, we pay our homage here
And to your honor we will solemnly adhere

Crushed under the feet, of countless rushing devotees
Lungs gasping for breath, while standing in the massive queue

Follow the crowd, the thousands avowed, to the temple gates, single file, to the deity within
Follow the crowd, the thousands avowed, to the temple gates, single file, ‘til the panic soon sets in

Final body count of 148, hardly a drop of blood was seen on the gate
No way to escape the crushing human tide
When the crowd beckons you it’s up to you to decide
Find your own path out – you’ll find out what you’re all about

Crushed under the feet, of countless rushing devotees
Lungs gasping for breath, while standing in the massive queue

Lead: Guerra

Follow the crowd, the thousands avowed, to the temple gates, single file, to the deity within
Follow the crowd, your own life avowed, to the bitter fall, single file, ‘til the soul inside is sold

Chamunda Temple Stampede
Track Name: Flowering Cadaver
Flowering Cadaver

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

Hidden deep in the Sumatran jungle
Lives the mystical titan arum
The natives call it bunga bangkai
A behemoth among all plants
Strange enough that years pass before it even flowers
Stranger still that the flower emits the putrid stench of rotting flesh

Bunga bangkai, bunga bangkai

Like the titan arum, you only show your good side every few years
On the inside like a rotting corpse, on the outside like a flowering cadaver
The heart is wicked and deceitful
Magnificent spectral florescence hides the inner sinful man

Jungle Orphan Hindered At Noon Never Peering Out - Calmly Hovers Over Nusa Tenggara

Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing
Out of the same heart comes beauty and ugliness
The very thing that I want to do, I end up doing the opposite

Out of the same mouth comes building up and tearing down
Out of the same heart comes kindness and cruelty
The very thing that I want to do, I end up doing the opposite

Lead: Guerra

Bunga bangkai – flowering cadaver
Track Name: 86 Bullets
86 Bullets

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

On a hot Hawaiian afternoon in 1994
9000 pounds of frustrated fury left the circus floor
Years of strong-arm slavery performing silly tricks
To give the callous crowd their share of foolish misplaced kicks

We were not put here just to entertain you
Just like humans – we’ve got our own lives too
We were not put here just to entertain you

Tyke left the ring and made it out onto the street
Half hour of gunfire finally knocked her off her feet
Her short-lived freedom finally ended in a hail of bullets
Her blood spilled in the streets - undeserving end to a noble creature

Lead: Santiago Dobles

We were not put here just to entertain you
Just like humans – we’ve got our own lives too
You take away all the things God created us to do
Profit from our misery as we dance on cue

Step right up, step right up – the cruelest show on earth is ready to entertain you.

86 bullets to finally bring you down / Lead: Guerra
Track Name: Duplicitous Endeavor
Duplicitous Endeavor

Words by Easter, Music by Guerra

True colors always shine through
Tell me, is this the real you
It seems you’d sell your soul for fame
And trade in lies to build a name
Insisting you’re misunderstood

Deception
Breeding destruction
As you deny

You want to redefine the truth
Rewrite the facts to better suit
Truth’s not what you or I decide
Tell a lie a million times
It’s still a lie

Deception
Breeding destruction
As you deny

The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unheeded.

~ A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1961), 95.

A.W. Tozer quote spoken by Rick Muehlbach and Tyler Margritz
Track Name: Lost Language of the Andamans
Lost Language of the Andamans

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

All leads: Santiago Dobles

Lost forever in the sea of forgetfulness
The Andaman dialect she takes to her grave
No one alive now - it cannot be saved

Spoken for centuries with culture and kin
Remote tropic island where it stays therein
Have you forgotten the language of our Lord?

He speaks in the rustling leaves
He speaks in the blackest darkness
He speaks when there are no words

He heals the brokenhearted
He binds up their wounds
He speaks when there are no words

Lost language of the Andamans
Track Name: Carried Away on Uncertain Wings
Carried Away on Uncertain Wings

Words by Guerra and Easter, Music by Guerra

A final declaration from my deathbed podium
Last words of a dying man to a dying world

Lived a life built by my own hands
Travelled far and wide to find myself
Foolishness turned joy to pain in time
‘til I was left with only tears

So many ways for the blind to follow
All that remains, a hollow void unfilled
The plans I made have come apart at the seams
Got carried away on uncertain wings

I lay in this bed of brokenness
With my last breath I bid farewell
Life flashes before my eyes
I choke on regret with no surprise

What of your life, open up your eyes and see
The narrow gate far away from those who stray
The path is wide, I hear the Sirens sing
You’ll be carried away on uncertain wings

Lead: Guerra

Time has all run out, no more life to live
When the heart no longer beats the blood
Nothing more to give

When your soul is troubled, your will begins to sink
Call out to the One who created all things
No more aimless wandering, wasting your life
Don’t be carried away on uncertain wings

Lead: Guerra

Surrender all to Him, nothing else to gain
Empty cup now filled with hope
Living by His grace

When your soul is troubled, your will begins to sink
Call out to the One who created all things

No more aimless wandering, wasting your life
Don’t be carried away on uncertain wings
Track Name: Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures
Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures

Words and music by Kirkpatrick

Lead: Kirkpatrick

After final separation of the twelve tribes
The kingdom of Israel succumbed to idolatry
God’s anger raged at King Ahab and his nation
For idolatry and persecution of his priests
They were put to death in astonishing numbers
Now God’s plan - a punishment for their sins

He sent Elijah
TELL HIM, to tell King Ahab
THREE YEARS, for three years and a half
NO RAIN, no rain shall fall in Israel

As soon as Elijah had foretold this great evil
God bade him hide himself from the rage of Ahab
In a certain place near the brook called Cherith
Where He had commanded the ravens to feed him
So he dwelt and drank of the water from the brook
While the ravens brought him food morning and evening

Do unto the least of these
GOD’S PLAN, God’s instruments of his plan
RAVENS, the blackest bird of them all
FED HIM, the ravens heard God’s call

Lead: Guerra

God provides when hope is gone today
God provides when you must hide away
God provides when hope is gone today

The members of Jeroboam's family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures. I, the Lord, have spoken.

(Vocal by Pastor Bob Beeman)
1st Kings 12:16 to 1st Kings 17