Tourniquet
Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Keilo USER (6 Reviews)
March 20th, 2010 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great album by an innovative band that is all too often overlooked.

Pathongenic Ocular Dissonance, originally released in 1992, has always been an odd album for me. It will probably prove to be difficult for me to review. It is dark, complex, and as I said, odd. Well to me anyway. Nevertheless, I find many parts of it to be brilliant, and also I think it has some of Tourniquet's best work, such as the title track.

The album opens with a strange intro of spoken word with echoing guitar harmonics, then into a balladesque slow movement with cool harmonies and a basic riff that would remind anybody of something Metallica would have done on "...And Justice for All" or the Black album. But then comes the mayhem!

The title track begins with a fiercely catchy solo backed by solid triplet riffs and then comes the double bass and fast solo, crescendoing into the badass main riff. This song is full of blast beats, death metal speed picking, thick fuzzy bass, and great raspy shouting. I've always found this song to be amazing. One of the most noticable things is that original vocalist Guy Ritter does very little, as most of the shouting vocals are done by fantastic guitarist Gary Lenaire. Guy Ritter left the band shortly after the making of this album, actually. Apparently due to musical and spiritual issues.

The following song "Phantom Limb" is by far one of my favorite in Tourniquet's catalog. It's a blues-metal masterpiece. It has cow bells, wahs, double bass, and wicked blues riffs. The lyrics are Tourniquet's usual Christian-based ideals with lots of medical terminology. It's interesting no mattter how you look at it. This song just slams.

A couple more songs pass by, and they're not bad by any means, yet they fail to grab your attention in the long run. But track six, titled "Gelatinous Tubercles of Purulent Ossification" (Carcass, anyone?), will make your brain slide out of your skull. This is probably my favorite Tourniquet track of all time. It is technical, methodical, and will bludgeon you to a pulp. The track plods along with chug-a-chug triplet riffing at first, then goes into a mathematical mind**** of palm muting and start-stop time signatures and computerized vocals. The song then completely messes with you by finishing with a bluesy riff with double bass drums complimented by little choppy high-note hammer-ons. It's totally nuts. It's totally odd and unique. I am enthralled.

Another crazy track, called "Theodicy on Trial", will have you bobbing your head to maniacal guitar slides and straight forward riffing. This song is extremely creative. The lyrics are interesting too, as the song deals with the biblical character of Job. I also really dig Guy Ritter's vocals on this song. Insane solos and thrash drumming finish this song nicely. Following is a cool instrumental "Descent into the Maelstrom" that showcases drummer Ted Kirkpatrck's fantastic abilities. Finishing the album is a wacked track called "The Skeezix Dilemma" based on the old children's books of Uncle Wiggily.

In conclusion, this album is fantastic. It is a very creative piece of work. It is also dark and haunting. It shows Tourniquet moving into a heavier and more technical realm. The drums are top-notch, the guitar work is shred-tastic, and all the vocals are solid and sometimes extremely creative and odd depending on who's doing the duty. I really like the production, it's thick and the guitar has a sweet "metal" tone. All instruments are clear, although I'll admit the bass seems to be not as noticable.

I urge that you pick up the remastered version that came out in 2001, just for the improved sonics, although I always thought the cover sucked compared to the original. The remastered issue has good live tracks and a fantastic drum solo as well. Hope you enjoy.



Recent reviews by this author
Mortification Post Momentary AfflictionGod Dethroned Bloody Blasphemy
Tourniquet Psycho SurgeryTourniquet Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm
Within the Ruins Creature
user ratings (57)
Chart.
4.1
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
EnricoPalazzo
March 20th 2010


626 Comments


Another good review. The biggest nitpick I have is that the track list is missing.

I think my favorite track is either Ark of Suffering or The Test for Leprosy.

jybt
March 20th 2010


345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very nice review. One thing I'd like to clarify: I read that Guy left halfway through recording, which is why Gary had to finish the vocal parts. I don't know who's who, though...

No matter, this album is an all-time classic - one of my favorite records ever. Very few albums get better than this...maybe "Through Silver in Blood" and "Mabool", but that's not a lot...

EnricoPalazzo
March 20th 2010


626 Comments


^Guy didn't leave until after this album. Gary didn't come in until Vanishing Lessons.

Keilo
March 21st 2010


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I've heard conflicting accounts about this story, but I am sure that it is Gary doing most of the vocals on the title track anyway.

Madapaka
May 27th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic! Really digging this band.

KILL
June 29th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god is proof

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2012


21464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whats your fav song on this kill?

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

Gigglesdemon
September 19th 2012


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree, GToOP is probably the best track Tourniquet has ever done. Definitely up there.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012


21464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea thats prolly my fav off here

KILL
September 19th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stop the bleeding>

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012


21464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the middle of gelatinous.. rules so hard

KILL
October 11th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuk god!!!!!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012


21464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

KILL
October 11th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to stop the bleeding bitch

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012


21464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i heard it once and it was aighttt. didnt really stick with me tho

KILL
October 11th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



Gigglesdemon
October 15th 2012


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Holy shit, didn't realize they had a new album. Going to track that down ASAP.

ViperAces
October 15th 2012


12466 Comments


Stop The Bleeding is best. Might up to 4.5.

ViperAces
October 15th 2012


12466 Comments


Stop The Bleeding is best. Might up to 4.5.

evilford
November 15th 2012


22816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

low 4 but still rulez pretty gud

Digging: Burial (NL) - Relinquished Souls



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy