GAZING AT MEDUSA

by Tourniquet

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mjr3337 It is awesome to see the Tourniquet label on an album after they have existed as a band for so many years! Favorite track: Can’t Make Me Hate You.
Paul
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Paul A solid album from Tourniquet with a unique lead vocalist joining the fun (Owens). A little more straightforward compared to their last output, but satisfying nonetheless. Favorite track: Sinister Scherzo.
Terry Reeves
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Terry Reeves Its been the better part of 3 years waiting for this new album to drop and needless to say.....you guys did NOT disappoint in any way!
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Sammie-Poo I LOVE this album because Tourniquet is STILL releasing THE BEST ROCK N ROLL ON THE PLANET!!!

Obviously, God loves us in MANY ways!!!
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jccjmml7 Withstanding the test of time...
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SINISTER SCHERZO The world dances tuned to a dark macabre beat Pulsating rhythm of war in the streets Discordant melody – heart full of apathy Discordant melody – but meant for unity Lead: Guerra Sinister scherzo – the pull of evil is strong Sinister scherzo – led by its hellbound song Waking to find that today is the same Do a quick line for your demons to tame Losing yourself – motivation is gone The map of your life - has already been drawn Discordant melody – hearts full of apathy Discordant melody - but meant for unity Sinister scherzo – the pull of evil is strong Sinister scherzo – led by its hellbound song Lead: Poland Let Him change your song Change your song Change your song Lead 1: Guerra Lead 2: Poland Sinister scherzo – the pull of evil is strong Sinister scherzo – let Him change your song Psalm 40:3
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Longing for Gondwanaland Once there was a place United one race Now it’s not the case We separate ourselves from those who are different Silently or often with hateful volition Afraid to be seen as so much the same Gondwanaland is broken – only ourselves to blame Cretaceous period was the time to super land mass Gondwanaland Once a single and united continent Separated violently by massive eruptions Broken off land masses floating away on their own Once there was a place United one race Now it’s not the case Oceanic dispersal symbolically acted out By human isolation, separation, and doubt Color, religion, and appearance – our distractions Current reality broken into factions Divided we fall United we stand Divided we fall United we stand Lead: Poland Longing for Gondwanaland But how do we get there Longing for Gondwanaland We’re all from one place Unified by grace Ephesians 1:10
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Memento Mori – (Remember You Must Die) Floating throughout the day without purpose All the same routines with all the same outcomes Decision of faith with such good intentions Where did those good intentions go to? We are mortal – but think we’re invincible We are fragile – but think that we’re fearless There is power in weakness and peace within the storm Dying means living – living means dying - memento mori… lead - Guerra I know the plans I have for you To give you hope and a future too lead - Poland We are unholy – but think that we’re righteous We are unworthy – but still feel entitled Yet we can love – we love because He first loved us Dying means living – living means dying - memento mori… John 11:25
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All Good Things Died Here lead - Poland Like a leaf gently falling to welcoming ground The gentlest ones shall rule the earth, how profound All innocent beings who died are restored So reached out a hand from creator and lord With graceful power on fragile wings A peaceful message born from timid things A respite for the weary Who struggle to make sense Of worldly suffering and violence The power struggle is waged by the strong against the strong But the paradox is the weakest were the strongest all along Pride will come before a fall The merciful shall inherit all Now we know the score To elevate ourselves no more All – good – things – died – here Galatians 5:22
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The Crushing Weight of Eternity From glaring spectral visions of unholy light Funneled through a sad and broken kaleidoscope Focus knob snapped off a long time ago Bitterly sinking now you’re your own foe Day after month after year after decade Slipping away cuz your mind up you’ve made Like a nagging dream – “a better life is out there” Reaching out our hand a hand reaches right back to ours Confusion starts to clear - a path appears before us Should I trust the hand that I have never seen before? The image is scrambled no reason to hope The colors are there but in darkness we grope A random arrangement of photons in tatters Believing the lie that our life never matters Reach your hand – He’ll reach back lead - Poland Reach your hand - He’ll reach back The crushing weight of eternity Deafening moment for you and me The weight is lifted when we choose to walk the path He offers Kaleidoscope He hands to us – the focus clear – it’s time to trust The broken lens is paid for by the blood shed on the cross lead - Poland 1 Corinthians 2:9
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The Peaceful Beauty of Brutal Justice A family sits heartbroken in a courtroom Hoping for justice and closure Their daughter’s killer sits just a few feet away Smirking and silent - a laugh now and then There’ll be no apology that he will wish to say Unrepentant - there’ll be no remorse today Where is justice in this world? Does pure evil enter into paradise? Should unrepentant wickedness deserve something so nice? Let justice reign, relieve their pain, let justice reign Appointed unto man to die And after that the judgment comes The unrepentant wicked will be cast into damnation Appointed unto man to die And after that the judgment comes Even though His hope is that we all will find salvation lead – Poland lead - Guerra Hebrews 9:27
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Can’t Make Me Hate You lead - Poland A heart rages against Him Days of turning from that gentle nudge Years of choices apart from his plan Waving a fist at God just because we can A still small voice says “Can’t make me hate you” A gentle spirit says “No matter what you do” A still small voice says “Can’t make me hate you” Hardened heart, stubborn mind – leave them all behind lead – Kirkpatrick By a conscious choice Try to drown out the voice Through the anger, apathy, and the hate A loving father says “can’t make me hate you” A still small voice says “no matter what you do” Hardened heart, stubborn mind – leave them all behind Romans 8:38
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One Foot in Forever lead - Poland The beauty of this world carries the hints of eternity In everything we touch, in everything we hear and see Let creation inspire you - burn a fire in you Let the blazing sun remind us of He who binds us Let the waters remind us of biblical streams in the desert See the creatures around us - and see the glimpse of His majesty Keep one foot in forever Live in the moment with the other Let love be your guide Embrace compassion inside Keep one foot in forever Live in the moment with the other Don’t let the days slip silently by you - uninspired Let love be your guide - don’t hold it inside lead - Guerra Once around this world Only chance we get Romans 8:22
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Gazing at Medusa Cover your face - try to shield your eyes Innocent deception is her disguise Look upon her face - you will witness your demise As you turn to stone – there will be no cries The littered broken stone of those who came before Who tried but failed – and lost the war Who came to conquer – but her weapon ignored Medusa… She will turn you into stone But a stronger one sits on the throne You need only to be still Trials come and trials go He will fight your battle foe Gazing at Medusa Stare into her eyes – you’re free Free for all eternity Gazing at Medusa Lead: Poland I can do all things through Him who strengthens me When my back’s against the wall He will make sure I don’t fall Victory is ours to grasp So go ahead and gaze Stare into her eyes ablaze Gazing at Medusa Philippians 4:13

credits

released October 16, 2018

Tim Ripper Owens - lead vocals
Chris Poland – lead guitar
Aaron Guerra – guitar, vocals
Ted Kirkpatrick – drums, bass

Deen Castronovo - guest lead vocals on title track

All words and music by Kirkpatrick
Mixed and mastered by Aaron Pace
Produced by Ted Kirkpatrick
Medusa cover art - Jason Juta
Jonathan Guerra – spoken word: All Good Things Died Here
Aaron’s vocals recorded by Billy Graziadei - Firewater Studios
Drums, rhythm guitars, bass – recorded in Boca Raton, FL
Additional rhythm guitars recorded by Ted Kirkpatrick
All songs 2018 Pathogenic Publishing / All rights reserved

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