Megadeth finds God.
That could be the headline announcing the arrival of Tourniquet's seventh studio album since 1990, Where Moth and Rust Destroy. Singer Luke Easter's gravelly vocals echo Dave Mustaine's as guest guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) thrashes and burns inside violent song structures that take stabs at technical metal, speed metal, progressive metal, hardcore and yes, even arena rock – sometimes all in the same song.
Drummer Ted Kirkpatrick shines here, musically and lyrically. As the band's chief songwriter, he creates lethal thunder behind the kit, keeps pace on rhythm guitar and indulges in the dulcimer and eight-string bazuki, while his biting, biblically inspired lyrics still manage to remain Christian-centered. On Where Moth and Rust Destroy, Tourniquet fail to tackle any major controversial topics, as they did on 1990's "Ark of Suffering, " which provides a biblical perspective against animal abuse, and 1994's "Ruminating Virulence," which offers hope to severely disabled people. Rather, most of these songs – in their own way – simply acknowledge a higher power and ask listeners to do the same. Highlights include the title track, "Melting the Golden Calf" and "Healing Waters of the Tigris."
With this record, Tourniquet is bound to find some new believers – in both them and their inspiration.