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Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band primarily performs a mixture of thrash, neo-classical and progressive metal, and is influenced by additional, non-rock forms of music such as classical and world music. It has earned six GMA Dove Award nominations and won multiple recognitions from the readers of HM Magazine, including "Favorite Band of the 1990s" and "Favorite Album of the 1990s" for Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance. It has released seven studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, one acoustic album, five video releases and three DVDs, and sold more than 300,000 albums. In addition to its use of classical music, the band is known for frequently using medical terminology in its album and song titles and lyrics.

The current Tourniquet lineup is Ted Kirkpatrick (drums), Luke Easter (vocals), and Aaron Guerra (guitar, vocals). The band's 2003 release, Where Moth and Rust Destroy, features special guests Marty Friedman, formerly of Megadeth, and Bruce Franklin, formerly of Trouble, on lead guitar. Tourniquet members are outspoken against animal abuse, and have appeared in publications such as The Vegetarian Times, United Animal Nations and Animal Agenda.

The band is named for the tourniquet, "a surgical device for arresting hemorrhage by compression of a blood vessel." According to the band, a tourniquet is a metaphor for "a lifelong spiritual process by which a personal God, through the atoning blood, death, and resurrection of His only Son—Jesus Christ—can begin to stop the flow of going through life without knowing and serving our Creator. He is our Tourniquet."

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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Stop the Bleeding 3
1991 Psycho Surgery 2
1992 Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance 3
1994 Vanishing Lessons 1
1996 The Collected Works of Tourniquet 1
1997 Crawl to China 2
1998 Acoustic Archives 1
2000 Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm 1
2003 Where Moth and Rust Destroy 1
2012 Antiseptic Bloodbath 1
2014 Onward To Freedom 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Intense Live Series, Volume 2 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Carry the Wounded 1

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