Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tourniquet - "Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance"

Tourniquet - Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
1992/2001, Pathogenic

1. Impending Embolism
2. Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
3. Phantom Limb
4. Ruminating Virulence
5. Spectrophobic Dementia
6. Gelatinous Tubercles of Purulent Ossification
7. Incommensurate
8. Exoskeletons
9. Theodicy on Trial
10. Descent Into the Maelstrom
11. En Hakkore
12. The Skeezix Dilemma
Bonus Tracks:
13. Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Live 2000)
14. Bearing Gruesome Cargo/drum solo (Live 2000)

In Tourniquets first years the only place for them to go was up. Pathogenic is more technical than anything they had done before. It's also a bit darker thematically exploring issues such as Alzheimer's Disease, child abuse, and suicide. I think they also stopped using actual words for song titles at this point. This probably ranks as my favorite Tourniquet disc. Just about everyone gets a turn in front of the mic here too. Who knew Victor and Eric could do vocals? Well they can! Putting on this record is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet. You'll leave full and satisfied....mmmm..... crunchy riffs......*drool*

Useless Fact: I think vocalist Guy Ritter left during the recording of this album because he doesn't do nearly as many vocals as he did. From what I heard the band wanted to go even heavier but Guy said they should mind the coming alt-rock trend. This is also the last disc with the "classic" lineup. You might be wondering why I have the original cover on here... it's simply because I like it better. I think the quicksilver version of the logo has always been my favorite.

1 comment:

  1. Man, another classic. That's two in a row (three, if we use your math).

    The song titles were put together using words from Ted Kirkpatrick's father's medical books. Song tiles were constructed using medical terminology to describe spiritual conditions. Creative, eh?

    I wish I'd taken a chance on this one back when it came out, too.