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30uke This is a a master piece. I really like "Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures" very much. Favorite track: Fed by Ravens, Eaten by Vultures.
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micahjrd Great alternative to the classics! Favorite track: Antiseptic Bloodbath.
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Samson Wick This album feels like a second wind after the progressively mellower releases that led up to it. Filled with energy, it takes a lot of musical risks with unusual melodies on top of the signature drumming. This marks the last recording with vocalist Luke Easter, and as final performances go, it's pretty fantastic. The track 86 Bullets is profoundly emotional, but the final two tracks are absolute masterpieces. Favorite track: Carried Away on Uncertain Wings.
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Paul Probably one of my favorite Tourniquet albums. There are some "out there" tracks on this one and I love it. Favorite track: Chamunda Temple Stampede.
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Nickolaus Pacione This is a powerful track that tells the dark tale of Tyke the elephant who had been sent off to eternity when they decided he was useless. His retirement was the present of 86 Bullets -- something that you need to give the voiceless a voice. Tourniquet's mission was this since year one -- so having them checking out my projects too, I was meaning to buy this for years but now I am on bandcamp. I am checking this out on here. Very powerful album with an ensemble of guitarists. Favorite track: 86 Bullets.
CURSED BREATH PR I've loved this band since i was 3 years old. I hate this record.
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)
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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


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


released July 13, 2012

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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