41. Tourniquet: Psycho Surgery

(Intense, 1991)
(Intense, 1991)

A sonic blast of goodness, Tourniquet’s Psycho Surgery remains one of the greatest Christian thrash records ever released. It’s as enjoyable today as it was when I bought the CD in 1991. Of course, after Stop the Bleeding, the band’s first album, I just had to have the follow-up. And I was blown away.

Psycho Surgery is a potent mix of brilliant lyrics and thrash metal. There isn’t a bad track on the record, which sounds the best played at full volume – especially Viento Borrascoso, which features some devastating drum work by the Ted Kirkpatrick. A Dog’s Breakfast and Broken Chromosomes are also must-hear songs.

It’s not surprising that Tourniquet would gone on to release a healthy discography of eight studio records. Some of the latter records I’ve listened to from time to time, but none have the brillance of the first two. Tourniquet was truly at the top of its game early, and are one of the greatest Christian hard music bands of all time.

Track list: 1. Psycho Surgery; 2. A Dog’s Breakfast; 3. Viento Borrascoso (Devastating Wind); 4. Vitals Fading; 5. Spineless; 6. Dysfunctional Domicile; 7. Broken Chromosomes; 8. Stereotaxic Atrocities; 9. Officium Defunctorum

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2 thoughts on “41. Tourniquet: Psycho Surgery

  1. It seems that all the critics and list-makers like this album as the best Tourniquet album ever. I, myself, think that the next album Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance was their best album. Still, all the four first albums are classics in my opinion. One of the greatest Christian hard music bands ever? Definitely. Maybe even the greatest!

    1. I’m not as familiar with Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance or Vanishing Lessons. I really liked Where Moth and Rust Destroy, though. But Tourniquet’s first two records with lead singer Guy Ritter (who apparently left the band after Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance) are my favs.

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