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Psycho Surgery

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Rock 'n Roll band Tourniquet

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Intense Records
  • ASIN: B001DYNEA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,365 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Tennard on November 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Tourniquet's second release and one of the band's best. "Psycho Surgery" is a huge progression over the band's great debut "Stop The Bleeding". The band was still in the process of finding it's unique sound, what some have termed Thinking Man's Metal. The bands influences , (Slayer, Megadeth, Metalica), clearly show through. The title track is an absolutely amazing Slayer influenced thrasher and still one of the band's best songs. "Sterotaxic Atrocities" is the best song that Megadeth never wrote. Guy Ritter, the band's singer does his best Mustaine on this track. The thrash riffs are heavy and fast. The vocals, handled by Ritter and lead guitarist Gary Lenaire are melodic and agressive. The band not only play great riifs, but they also know how to write great songs . This cd is recommended for fans of lates 80's / early 90's thrash metal. However, unlike so many bands of that time Tourniquet delivers heavy music with a purpose. Music that was made to offer hope in a world so full of despair.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jer on January 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Showing off great technical skills, Tourniquet's second album really shows how great of musicians they really are.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the eclectic extrovert on July 10, 2006
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Tourniquet deserves major credit for daring to break the Christian metal mold of modelling themselves after successful secular acts. (There are many other original bands recently, but such originality was less common a few years back). The technical musicianship here is unmistakable. Percussion is especially noteworthy, but the guitar work deserves mention as well. Styles and tempos are mixed frequently, and intelligently. One sees hints of jazz, classical guitar, and doom rock, but it's mostly energetic, slightly unorthodox (progressive) thrash.

There is a near-instrumental (some dubbing), and one song with a hip-hop vocal. Normally, this would strike me as forced and be a distraction, byt Tourniquet is smoothly eclectic enough to make it work here. And Broken Chromosomes shows splendid creativity as a song sung from the perspective of a person with Down's syndrome. The finale of this song definitely is triumphant, which marks a sharp contrast from the despairing tone of the song up that point. (They also toss in a dash of what sounds like disco at the end here, which does not detract from the "metalness" in the least, but actually adds punch at the end--if you hear it, you'll know what I mean.) Other lyrical themes include a domestic violence, a protest against animal experimentation (one of the doomiest songs Tourniquet has done), and a theological critique of numerous, what traditional Christians take to be pseudo-Christian "cults."

A possible drawback (though I adjusted) was the occasional Guns'and Roses, nasally kind of vocal, mixed with a vaguely Megadeth-ish barking. But while it isn't that good, it works because this band "fits" so many styles into what they are doing, that any one vocal style can be used without seeming out of place.
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By Metalhead74 on September 10, 2012
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This was the bridge album for Tourniquet... they left behind the speed metal and falsetto vocals from "Stop the Bleeding" and moved more towards a technical thrash sound (think Watchtower)... This album has my favorite instrumental by Ted Kirkpatrick -just phenomenal!

I didn't actually get this album in its original release, I taped it from a friend (remember that, anyone, anyone?). I recently got it off Amazon from the Tourniquet site... this is the remastered version -sounds utterly killer! Can't talk highly enough about this band or their first three albums in particular there last few (including the new one) are right back on track with the technical metal aspect...

Get this -if you like Watchtower, Spastic Ink or Fates Warning -GET THIS!
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This album is only a quarter-star behind Stop the Bleeding for me. Some may like it better, but I happen to be in the "5% of fans" (Kirkpatrick) that felt Ritter's falsetto was an important element in Tourniquet's greatest works. Some of that is still present here, but not enough. Ted Kirkpatrick was clearly pushing the band toward a more traditional (blech) thrash sound.

Sadly, this re-release also includes live versions wherein Luke Easter (in my opinion) does great disrespect to the original versions of these songs with vocal prowess somewhere south of a local garage band. I suggest deleting these tracks immediately so you don't suffer the misfortune of encountering them by accident.
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