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A return to form - 84%

3415, November 28th, 2004

Tourniquet has been one of my favourite bands for quite a long time now. Their thrashy brand of metal has always been very much their own, with multiple time changes, intricate drumming and string work, and a special vocal approach ranging from screaming to singing to lunatic whispering and so on. This album shows a particular return to form after a few more laid-back and mellow albums that made little impact.

Yes, they are Christian, and yes, they do sing about Christian topics, but don’t let that put you off from discovering a very special band from the musical point of view. If you are not into the lyrical content, then just listen to the music.

As previously stated, this album is something of a return in musical style to the endeavours on their early albums, and is all the better for it. Opener “Besprinkled in Scarlet Horror” is a thrash-fest indeed, and as the album progresses, it becomes evident that this one is not to be written off easily. It twists and turns, with lots of surprises along the way, and many memorable neck-cracking riffs is turning this into a very enjoyable affair indeed. It’s a solid album, and a great statement of intent from these guys.