Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tourniquet - "Psychosurgery"

Tourniquet - Psychosurgery
1991/2001, Pathogenic

1. Psychosurgery
2. A Dog's Breakfast
3. Viento Borrascoco (Devastating Wind)
4. Vitals Fading
5. Spineless
6. Dysfunctional Domicile
7. Broken Chromosomes
8. Stereotaxic Atrocities
9. Officium Defunctorum
Bonus Tracks:
10. A Dog's Breakfast (Live 2000)
11. Broken Chromosomes (Live 2000)
12. Stereotaxic Atrocities (Demo)
13. A Dog's Breakfast (Demo)
14. Concert Intro (2000)

Is it possible to get better after Stop the Bleeding? Apparently so because Psychosurgery is a tour de force. We've also got the classic line up in place which included Eric Mendez and Victor Macias. I remember reading about their installation in one of Tourniquet's newsletters back in the day. I don't think there is a song on here that isn't excellent. "Stereotaxic Atrocities" explores the theme of animal cruelty again. People went gaga over "Broken Chromosomes" but I never understood why. I love that song, no doubt, I was just kind of perplexed by all the attention it got. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that Pelvic Inflammatory I'm sorry P.I.D. did some guest rapping on "Spineless." It's also a textbook example of how to do a proper metal/rap mash-up - the song gels together quite nicely.

Useless Fact: Those dolts over at Intense Records never realized that "Psycho Surgery" is NOT supposed to be two words... duh! So now it's one word on the reissue. They never made any videos for any of the songs on here but they did make Video Biopsy which was sort of a "Making of..." video... I guess. I had it but I don't remember much about it. And again with the flippin' concert intro! And again AFTER the live tracks!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, this is more like it. I wish I'd taken a chance on this, way back when (unfotunately, I didn't hear it until 2003, or so). I even like Guy Ritter's vocals!!! I don't remember how the song with P.I.D. goes, because I just couldn't get into it.

    I think people went gaga over Broken Chromosomes because it seems to be about an abused retarded child. Child abuse is evil enough, in and of itself - but give the abused child a disabilty, and people will really flip over it. (I call it the Telethon Effect.) Like you, I dig the song, but never quite understood all the attention it attracted.

    Definitely a great album.