Stop the Bleeding

Stop the Bleeding

Infobox Album | Name = Stop the Bleeding
Type = studio
Artist = Tourniquet

Released = 1990
Recorded = Mixing Lab A&B - Garden Grove, CA
Genre = Christian metal, thrash metal, Speed metal
Length = 46:32 (1990)
73:13 (2001)
Label = Intense Records (1990)
Pathogenic Records (2001)
Producer = Roger Martinez
Reviews =
Last album =
This album = "Stop the Bleeding"
Next album = "Psycho Surgery"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = 2001 Cover
Type = studio

Lower caption =

"Stop the Bleeding" was the debut album by the Christian metal band Tourniquet, originally released in 1990 on Intense Records. It was remastered and independently rereleased in 2001 on Pathogenic Records. The rerelease included new artwork, an expanded booklet, and several bonus tracks including demos and live versions featuring Luke Easter on vocals.

Recording history

"Stop the Bleeding" was recorded at a studio called Mixing Lab A & B, Garden Grove, California. On this album the band's line up consisted of Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire. The lead guitars were played by session musician Mark Lewis.

An interesting fact on the recording of the album is that drummer Ted Kirkpatrick injured his left foot which is his main kick foot for drumming prior to the recording. The injury occurred during as "Artists vs. Label" softball game when a label executive accidentally stomped Ted's foot while he was rounding second base. This required Ted to record the album under a great deal of pain.Stop the Bleeding 2001 re-issue booklet's liner notes]

The band faced other obstacles as well such a power failure which forced the producer to mix the songs over again. The songs used to longer and caused the band some difficulties. Tourniquet's vocalist at that time, Guy Ritter, has said in an interview about this situation:

On the original booklet, the production credits were given to Roger Martinez, vocalist of the fellow California based Christian thrash metal group Vengeance Rising. However, the album was actually produced by Bill Metoyer of Metal Blade Records. Ritter has said about this:


Musically, the album was said to be "unlike anything else on the market at the time." "Stop the Bleeding" is known to incorporate classical music to 1980s inspired speed and thrash metal riffs. Guy Ritter's vocals on the album shift between low baritone and high falsetto vocals. Ritter has said that he was inspired by glam metal vocalists. His vocals were higher on the demo versions:

Ritter's falsetto vocals were often compared to those of King Diamond. However:

The artwork on album cover contains a snake being restrained by chains. This artwork was used to represent the power that good has over evil, and how that relates to the death and resurrection of Christ, which was the ultimate victory over Satan. This concept was inspired by the bible verse 1 John 4:4, which in part reads "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world".


The song "You Get What You Pray For" was the first single by the band. The song charted quite well and was a GMA Dove Award nomination for "Metal Recorded Song of the Year".

A video was done for the song "Ark of Suffering" which contained graphic footage of animals in labs and meat houses which received some airplay on MTV before it was banned by for being too graphic. The video won the Christian News Forum Contemporary Christian Music Award for "Rock Video of the Year" and it was voted by the Heaven's Metal magazine's readers as their "Favorite Video of the Year". The video is also included on the Ocular Digital DVD.

Ritter has said about the song airplay:

Track listing

# "The Test for Leprosy" – 4:38
# "Ready or Not" – 3:31
# "Ark of Suffering" – 4:14
# "Tears of Korah" – 6:20
# "The Threshing Floor" – 4:13
# "You Get What You Pray For" – 3:23
# "Swarming Spirits" – 3:24
# "Whitewashed Tomb" – 4:22
# "Somnambulism" – 4:39
# "Harlot Widow and the Virgin Bride" – 7:45

Bonus tracks on 2001 remaster


  • "Ark of Suffering" (live 2000) – 4:39
    # "The Test for Leprosy" (live 2000) – 4:19
    # "Whitewashed Tomb" (demo 1990) – 4:40
    # "Tears of Korah" (demo 1990) – 6:31
    # "Ark of Suffering" (demo 1990) – 3:56
    # "Concert Intro" (1999) - 4:25



    * Ted Kirkpatrick - Drums, Bass
    * Guy Ritter - Vocals
    * Gary Lenaire - Guitars, Vocals, Bass
    * Mark Lewis - Lead Guitars

    2000 Live Tracks

    *Ted Kirkpatrick - Drums
    *Luke Easter - Vocals
    *Aaron Guerra - Guitars, Vocals
    *Steve Andino - Bass

    1990 Demo Tracks

    *Ted Kirkpatrick - Drums, Bass, Rhythm Guitars
    *Guy Ritter - Vocals
    *Gary Lenaire - Guitars, Vocals
    *Mark Lewis - Lead Guitars

    1999 Conceret Intro

    *Aaron Guerra - Arrangement and Mix


    External links

    * [ Stop the Bleeding (1990) at]
    * [ Stop the Bleeding (2001) at]

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