Year of birth : 1989
Age: 26 years
Place of birth : Los Angeles, California, USA
Citizenship : United States
Christian thrash team from LosAngeles "Tourniquet" was created in 1990. Her origins were three people - Ted Kirkpatrick (drums) , Gary Lener (guitar) and Guy Ritter (vocals) . Kirkpatrick also took on the responsibilities of the main songwriter of the group.
Much musically " turnstiles " borrowed from "Iron maiden",but its development team has its own style, which combined thrash, power metal, hard, and hardcore elements and alternatives. Group texts are always differed originality and based on such diverse things as the Old Testament and the " horror " of Edgar Allan Poe. The recording of the first album, the staff helped guitarists Mark Lewis and Eric Ian James. They also appeared on the cover of the album, though not an official member of "Tourniquet". Ritter Popel on the first three albums, and left, so that "Live Vol. 2 " had to write a " guest " Les Carlsen of "Bloodgood".
Tourniquet was only in 1994-m found a new frontman, Kojima became Luke Easter. And since "Psycho Surgery" in the team were guitarist Eric Mendez and bassist Victor Macias. However, in 1993, Mendez posledovalprimeru Ritter, leaving the team four. For the promotional tour in support of the album "Vanishing Lessons" was invited Aaron Guerra of "Final notice".The tour ended, and guitarist and has remained a part of "Tourniquet". In 1996, staff turnover has continued. Macias first contacted some Russian orthodox sect and gave up music. Then, tired of touring life and the problems in the team, Lener decided to start their own business and live a quiet family life.
Ted,Aaron and Luke wanted to find a permanent bassist, but for a long time it did not work, and record a new album, they had three. However, for some time for the concerts they managed to lure a guy named Vince Dennis, but he stayed in the team for long.
TourniquetNuzhny man showed up only in 1999. They became Steve Andino ,played before in several Los Angeles-based gangs. In 1997, "Tourniquiet" experienced problems with the label. The company "Intense Records", on which they released their long drives, went bankrupt, and the musicians were left without a contract. Temporarily they rescued gentlemen with "Diadem / Benson", issuing disk "Crawl To China",and an acoustic album in 1998 the band released on its own label of the same name. Only after this "Tourniquet" managed to get under the wing of "Metal blade". The first release on this company was the album "Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm", the eyeballs stuffed with a variety of allegories and metaphors of biblical themes.
In the middle of 2002-th Guerra started a family, so that the team once again reduced to a trio. However, "Tourniquet" was no stranger to hardship, and the next year they pleased their fans a classic heavy metal album "Where Moth And Rust Destroy".