Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tourniquet - Onward to Freedom

A metal record featuring the likes of Marty Friedman and Chris Poland is certainly not something to shake a stick at. Onward to Freedom is a promising and empowering metal record that will capture your imagination and get your heart beating with the joy of heavy metal thunder. Sure, the pro vegetarian animal activist message can be a bit over the top but it's all in the name of a good cause, so who can really complain? Once you dig into the music and feel the pure passion and love that went in to it, it's impossible not to like the magic found in Onward to Freedom.

I think the sheer diversity found on this record is also fun. Sure, the same vocalist is used throughout, but he's not afraid to go from his trademark clean vocals into searing shrieks or powerful growls. The songs are all wonderfully constructed featuring multilayered compositions that not only capture your imagination but also give you the tools to transcend your common issues and become something greater. Tourniquet capture the listeners imagination with Onward to Freedom and they seem dedicated to only improving with time. With stellar production all around and truly remarkable guests on every track, its easy to get lost in this album for spin after spin.

This is an album that is hard to put down, there's simply so much going on and every riff, every solo, has something to contribute. The fact that its all packaged with a well put (if at times admittedly cheesy) message is really cool. Metal and hardcore made me become a vegetarian, and albums like this are somewhat empowering to me. Beautiful in its conception and interesting from front to back, Onward to Freedom is a truly tight record that leaves the listener begging for more. Wholly unique this record takes you full circle with a message of love and hope.

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