Ted Kirkpatrick

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Ted Kirkpatrick
Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet.jpg
Background information
Born May 22, 1960
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, Christian metal, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, bandleader
Instruments Drums, guitar, percussion
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Tourniquet, Trouble
Website www.tourniquet.net

Ted Kirkpatrick (born 1960) is an American heavy metal drummer best known for his work with the American Christian metal band Tourniquet.

Animal Welfare[edit]

Ted heavily supports animal welfare[1][2] and has show his support in the band's songs like "Ark of Suffering", "Stereotaxic Atrocities", "Going, Going, Gone", and in the cover art to their album Antiseptic Bloodbath. In 2010, he released a solo album, "Ode to a Roadkill", featuring animal sounds as lead "vocals". His love for butterflies and other insects have influenced his and Tourniquet's album covers, and he says that the fantastic, repetitive sounds of the jungle have influenced his drumming as well.[3]


As principle lyricist for the band, Ted’s talent for allegory and symbolism, and using unusual and sometimes bizarre examples to convey God’s Word can be found throughout the Tourniquet catalog.

A fan of ethnic and world music, Ted has played or included other, less traditional (in terms of metal music) instruments on Tourniquet albums, including the Greek bouzouki, flute, banjo, and dulcimer. For the acoustic sets that Tourniquet occasionally performs, he plays 6 or 12 string guitar.

Awards and achievements[edit]




with Tourniquet[edit]


  • Ode to a Roadkill (2010)
  • In the Shadow of the Masters (2010)
  • Ancient Christmas (2011)



  1. ^ Animal's Agenda - Jan/Feb 1991 - pg 44-47 - A Tale of Two Teds (Ted Nugent, Ted Kirkpatrick)
  2. ^ NAVS Bulletin (National Anti-vivisection Society) - Summer 1991 - pg 7 - NAVS Releases Dissection Video, PSA
  3. ^ a b Modern Drummer - August 2000 - pg 29, 86, 123 - Fueled by a Higher Power
  4. ^ HM Magazine Reader's Poll, March/April 2003
  5. ^ Modern Drummer - January 1991, pg 9 - Ted Kirkpatrick