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Tourniquet - Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm (9/10) - USA - 2000

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 70:01
Band homepage: Tourniquet

Tracklist:

  1. Besprinkled In Scarlet Horror
  2. Drinking From A Poisoned Well
  3. Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm
  4. The Tomb Of Gilgamesh
  5. Servant Of The Bones
  6. Erratic Palpitations Of The Human Spirit
  7. Martyr's Pose
  8. Immunity Vector
  9. Indulgence By Proxy
  10. Caixa de Raiva
  11. The Skeezix Dilemma Part II (The Improbable Testimony Of The Pipsisewah)
Tourniquet - Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm
And the next legend returns: TOURNIQUET. OK, they haven't been really gone, but still it fits; and contrary to their fellow veterans of HADES they pass their self-imposed hurdles with ease, if not over it, then with full force through them.

The info talks of the strange description "Beethoven meets Frankenstein", but it hits the famous nail onto its head, because what the trio offers on "Telescopic View Of A Telescopic Realm" (after FLESHCRAWL in the past Empire a hot contender for the 'album-title-monster of the month') can barely be put into words.

Already the opener "Besprinkled In Scarlet Horror" slaps you a big portion of intricate Techno-Thrash around your ears, which is no stranger to heavy passages as well as organ, flute and soft vocals. Embedded into handy song-titles like "Erratic Palpitations Of The Human Spirit","Besprinkled In Scarlet Horror" or the (song-)title of the month "The Skeezix Dilemma Part II (The Improbable Testinomy Of The Pipsisewah)" you are not safe from anything, be it violins and celli, German flutes, superheavy riffs, aggressive shout-vocals or typical Thrash Metal.

I don't want to point out any single title, because "Microscopic View Of A Telescopic Realm" is a complete artefact, which is very catchy but in the same moment extremely bulky and has to be experienced by everybody oneself, but I can guarantee long-lasting pleasure in listening to it, because the day that this CD becomes boring cannot be in this millennium anymore!

Now who still needs some comparison, then should imagine a hybrid between SLAYER and DREAM THEATER, from the extremes of the one band to the extremes of the other. Refreshingly good, refreshingly different.

Alexander Melzer



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