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Metal masters Tourniquet are preparing to record their new album. Join them in making it a reality.

We’re continually encouraged by the flood of people asking “When will we get a new Tourniquet album”? Well, we’ve been working to make it happen. Due to the current great opportunities for artists to “do it themselves”, and on the other hand the steady decline of record labels everywhere, we’re going independent on this one. The old standard record label model of giving an established band tens of thousands of dollars to record their newest creation in hopes of recouping and profiting from album sales is for the most part gone. This is truly a new era – an era of the independent artist. Increasingly, even platinum selling artists have decided to “do it themselves” to have more control of their art and careers. For Tourniquet, we believe that it’s best to finance our own album so we have the freedom to make the album we want to, and to retain control of the final product. If the album turns out as well as we hope, the opportunity to have it picked up and distributed by a label is certainly there.

Tourniquet is ready to record. We feel the new album will be filled with songs that are destined to become classics. We are set to work with a top producer – Neil Kernon – who has an impressive track record from producing many bands we all know. Making a high-quality album is not cheap. The recording, mixing, mastering, producer, and manufacturing all cost lots of money. This is where you, the fans, come in. Our hope is that you will contribute toward the production of our new album. In return, we have partnered with Kickstarter, and developed a whole bunch of creative fan packages and experiences for anyone who contributes toward the new album budget. Kickstarter is an ingenious platform for funding creative projects. Other well known artists are already using Kickstarter – Christian musician/film producer Steve Taylor recently had his new film funded, as did Christian artists Showbread for their new album. It’s definitely becoming a sensible choice for artists of all kinds and no doubt you will be seeing much more of it in the future.

Our goal is to raise $22,000. This may sound like a huge number, but in the world of making records, it's far from extravagant. We’ve got until January 14, 2011 to raise the full amount. Kickstarter is wisely set up as “all or nothing” funding. That way, it protects us from having to deliver a record without the necessary funds, and allows you to see if others feel the project is worth funding. So – unless we raise the full amount, all is lost – we get no funds to make the album, and you get none of the cool stuff we’re offering! If we raise more than that amount (which would be awesome), we’ll put it right back into the band for merchandise, shows, etc. to help us continue in this ministry called Tourniquet.

So please - if you can join us on this – we’ll do all we can to give you a great Tourniquet album.

There are different levels of pledges, a lot of really cool stuff, and the more you donate the more you will get in return!

Your donation will fund recording, mixing, mastering, production, and duplication costs.

Thank you!

Evans EcoPad drum practice pad - part of the $220 and $250 rewards...


Ted Kirkpatrick Signature Vic Firth drumsticks

THE original Psychosurgery artwork - part of the $10,000 reward


Incredible detail...

Artist name (Ken Taufer) initials hidden in the teeth (a little trivia)

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    OPTION #1 – Limited edition “thank you” postcard featuring cartoon artwork by Luke Easter – signed by Luke (Who knew he could draw too?)

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    OPTION #2 – Digital download of the full album 2 weeks before album release date, plus the postcard

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    OPTION #3 – signed CD of the full album 2 weeks before album release date plus the postcard and the download

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    OPTION #4 - A personal “thank you” phone call from Luke or Aaron, plus all the above. Yes, we’ll need your phone number, and no, we’ll never bother you again. If you are outside the US, you’ll get a hand written thank you letter instead of the phone call.

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    OPTION #5 – Ted Kirkpatrick Signature Vic Firth drumsticks - autographed and used by Ted to record the album drum tracks. We’ll document which song they were used on, and you’ll get a personal phone call from Ted - plus all the above. If you are outside the US, you’ll get a hand written thank you letter instead of the call.

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    OPTION #6 - a limited edition poster for the new album signed by the band, a super cool new album T shirt, plus all the above

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    An Evans 6" 1-sided mountable EcoPad drum practice pad signed by Ted. "I recently signed with Evans for their awesome drum heads - and I can tell you these practice pads are flat out cool". With rubber made from recycled tires and a base made from residual wood waste materials, the 6" 1-sided Mountable EcoPad provides a great feeling practice surface without killing more trees. It has an 8mm threaded insert on the bottom for mounting to most standard cymbal stands or the HQ practice pad stand and a soft foam bottom so it can rest on a tabletop or snare drum without damaging the surface. PLUS a brand new pair of Ted Kirkpatrick Signature Vic Firth drumsticks so you can start banging away. Includes a personal phone call from Ted - If you are outside the US, you’ll get a hand written thank you letter instead of the call. Also includes Options 1-3, and the poster and T shirt.

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    An Evans 12" 2-sided mountable EcoPad drum practice pad signed by Ted. "I recently signed with Evans for their awesome drum heads - and I can tell you these practice pads are flat out cool". With rubber made from recycled tires and a base made from residual wood waste materials, the 6" 1-sided Mountable EcoPad provides a great feeling practice surface without killing more trees. It has an 8mm threaded insert on the bottom for mounting to most standard cymbal stands or the HQ practice pad stand and a soft foam bottom so it can rest on a tabletop or snare drum without damaging the surface. PLUS a brand new pair of Ted Kirkpatrick Signature Vic Firth drumsticks so you can start banging away. Includes a personal phone call from Ted - If you are outside the US, you’ll get a hand written thank you letter instead of the call. Also includes Options 1-3, and the poster and T shirt.

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    OPTION #7 - We dedicate a song to you – first and last name if you wish - from stage at a future Tourniquet show. Then we post it on YouTube for all to see how cool you are - plus all the above

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    OPTION #8 – Your vocal on our new album! If you have heard our album Microscopic View of a Telescopic Realm (MVTR), you know we utilized the vocals of Steve Rowe (Mortification) delivered by phone all the way from Australia to the studio as we all listened. People loved the result. Your vocal will be used in a similar way as a line or two of lead vocal – not just a faded background vocal. Includes a special thanks in the album credits plus options 1-6

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    OPTION #9 – Ted writes lyrics to a song on the new album using an acronym of your first and last name – your name will be spelled out in capital letters for all to see in the CD booklet! Includes a hand-written copy of the lyrics, plus options 1-6

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    OPTION #9A – Ted has endorsed Drum Workshop (DW) drums and pedals since 1991. Here’s your chance to own a beautiful DW snare drum used on the album – autographed by the band – with details about which song it was used on, plus the handwritten original lyric sheet for the song, and a special thanks in the album credits. PLUS – includes a personal one-of-a-kind DVD - you pick your favorite Tourniquet song and Ted will drum along to it using ONLY your snare drum. Includes shipping anywhere in the world. And options 1-6.

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    OPTION #9B – an electric 4-string bass guitar used on the album – autographed by the band – with details about which song it was used on, plus the handwritten original lyric sheet for the song, and a special thanks in the album credits. Free USA shipping. Foreign pledges will pay actual shipping cost. Includes options 1-6

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    OPTION #10 – An electric guitar used on the album – autographed by the band – with details about which song it was used on, plus the handwritten original lyric sheet for the song, and a special thanks in the album credits. Free USA shipping. Foreign pledges will pay actual shipping cost. Includes options 1-7

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    OPTION #12 – A day with Luke in San Francisco for you and a friend. SF is one of the greatest cities in the world, and Luke will show you all the cool stuff. Includes lunch and dinner, all the sightseeing you can handle and special thanks in the album credits.. Includes options 1-7. Transportation to San Francisco not included.

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    OPTION #11 – A day with Aaron in Los Angeles for you and a friend – Aaron will show you around the City of Angels. Includes lunch and dinner, all the sightseeing you can handle, plus a free guitar lesson and special thanks in the album credits. Includes options 1-7. Transportation to LA not included.

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    OPTION #13 - A day with Ted in Milwaukee, WI for you and a friend. Experience a tour of downtown via the Milwaukee River on Ted’s boat, lunch at a great restaurant, a visit to the Harley Davidson Museum, a stop at a local animal shelter, and a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park. If baseball ain’t your thing, front section orchestra seats at a Milwaukee Symphony concert. If it's football season - a Green Bay Packer game at historic Lambeau Field if you wish. Tourniquet picks up the tab, plus you’ll each get to take home a signed Paiste cymbal, and you’ll receive special thanks in the album credits. We’ll put you up in a nice hotel for a night too. Oh yeah – plus options 1-7. Transportation to Milwaukee not included.

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    OPTION #14 – free tickets to a TOURNIQUET SHOW in Los Angeles and a day at DISNEYLAND with Tourniquet for you and a friend. Rock out with Tourniquet live in concert in LA. You”ll get to take the stage to introduce the band, plus you’ll get to help Luke on a chorus of your favorite Tourniquet song. The next day, you’ll join Ted, Luke and Aaron at The Happiest Place on Earth. Tourniquet picks up the tab. Lots of extra freebies on this one. Plus options 1-7. Transportation to LA not included

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    OPTION #15 – A once in a lifetime chance to own the original framed album cover art by artist Ken Taufer for the PSYCHOSURGERY album. Professionally matted and framed, under non-glare glass, 20" x 24", this one-of-a-kind artwork contains incredible detail that you can’t see on the CD cover! This is a true collector’s item. PSYCHOSURGERY is a Tourniquet classic, and was recently named the 2nd most influential Christian metal album of all time by HM Magazine. If you are in the lower 48 states of the USA, Ted will fly to your city (meet near a major airport) to personally deliver it to you, plus buy you and a friend lunch or dinner at your favorite local restaurant. Includes options 1-7 and an extra special thanks listing in the album credits. Watch the video for a look at this incredible artwork. ALSO includes a beautiful DW snare drum autographed by the band.

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