Intense Records Presents: Recorded Live, Vol. 2

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A bizarre combination of collaboration, toss-off EP, and faux live release, Tourniquet's Intense Records Presents: Recorded Live, Vol. 2 is a strange album indeed. Featuring songs that were previously recorded ("Ark of Suffering/Stereotaxic Atrocities"), songs from the band's upcoming album ("Phantom Limb," "The Skeezix Dilemma"), covers (Bloodgood's "The Messiah," Trouble's "The Tempter"), and one EP-only instrumental, this acts more as a sampler than anything else. What makes it even stranger is referring to the album as "live," since it is obviously a "live in the studio" recording that doesn't make that fact clear anywhere but the liner notes. Finally, the record is also a collaboration with Bloodgood vocalist Les Carlsen, whose raspy wail sounds a little too clean to handle Tourniquet's intense thrash. Still, "Phantom Limb" is an awesome slab of funk metal that sounds more appropriate to both artists, and "The Tempter" is a roaring cover that throbs with savage guitar work. Their version of Bloodgood's "The Messiah" is pretty rough for both parties, and everything else sounds better elsewhere. Although as a sampler it gives a fairly clear impression of what the band is like, regular vocalist Gary Lenaire fits much better with this sound, and both Psycho Surgery and Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance are vastly superior ways to start a Tourniquet collection. The band may have meant well, but Intense Records Presents: Recorded Live, Vol. 2 is for collectors only.

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