Onward to Freedom

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Onward to Freedom
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 2014
ProducerJosh Schroeder
The Tourniquet Ark chronology
Antiseptic Bloodbath
Onward to Freedom
Gazing at Medusa
Professional ratings
Review scores
Untombed Zine[1][unreliable source?]

Onward to Freedom is a solo album by Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick. Originally announced as a side project to be released as The Tourniquet Ark, Kirkpatrick made the decision to release it under the Tourniquet name with himself listed as the primary artist. This has led to confusion in the fan community, and the erroneous classification of the album as an actual Tourniquet release. This has been exacerbated by Kirkpatrick choosing to refer to it as part of the Tourniquet catalog instead of as a part of his solo catalog. The album features many musicians, such as Marty Friedman and Chris Poland of Megadeth, Mattie Montgomery of For Today and Michael Sweet of Stryper.[2] The album was released on November 11, 2014, via Tourniquet's own label, Pathogenic Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Darcy Rumble writes "Start to finish, Onward to Freedom is an excellent record. Compelling performances by a host of musicians bringing an important message will certainly stir listeners and inspire action. There is enough diversity among the songs that even upon repeated listens, OTF does not grow old. Tourniquet’s captivating Onward to Freedom is musically powerful, lyrically moving. A must-have for heavy music fans, and lovers of Creation."[3][unreliable source?] "The best on this album comes early. Twelve songs, including three instrumentals and two public service announcement experiments. Leaving only seven actual Metal songs. Onward to Freedom is solid, classic American Made Heavy Metal with plenty of skills and an important, heartfelt message. Recommended." reports Chad R. Shultz.[4][unreliable source?] Peter John Willoughby says "Ultimately it is up to the fans to decide whether they want another concept album full of animal welfare"[5][unreliable source?] Tom Metcalf of Untombed writes "What a great album! All the performances were solid and I don’t see myself becoming tired of it anytime soon. I tried to give a track by track explanation as to how each individual guest lend their set skill and I hope it helps! I hope that Tourniquet, the band, can get together to put out an entire CD with all the band members soon. For we the fans want it!!!!"[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."Onward to Freedom (Prelude)"0:40
2."Onward to Freedom" (featuring Michael Sweet and Mattie Montgomery)5:49
3."The Slave Ring" (featuring Chris Poland, Mattie Montgomery, and Nick Villars)5:14
4."The Noble Case for Mercy"3:11
5."Let the Wild Just Be Wild" (featuring Nick Villars, Rex Carroll and Gabbie Rae)5:05
6."No Soul" (featuring Bruce Franklin and Doug Pinnick)4:43
7."If I Had to Do the Killing" (featuring Kevin Young and Aaron Guerra)4:45
8."Virtual Embryo"0:58
9."Stereotaxic Atrocities" (featuring Marty Friedman and Luke Easter)4:49
10."Animal Crossing at the Rainbow Bridge"1:49
11."Drowning in Air" (featuring Tony Palacios and Blake Suddath)6:26
12."Cage 23" (Gabbie Rae and Ashley Argota)4:41
Total length:48:10


Additional musicians
  • Josh Schroeder - producer
  • Consuelo Parra - cover art
  • Rex Zachary - cover art
  • Rick Narcarte - cover art


  1. ^ a b Metcalf, Tom (December 4, 2014). "Album Review: Tourniquet - Onward to Freedom". Untombed Zine. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "MICHAEL SWEET, DOUG PINNICK, MARTY FRIEDMAN Guest On Tourniquet Drummer's Onward To Freedom". Blabbermouth.net. October 8, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Rumble, Darcy (November 13, 2014). "Album Review: Tourniquet - Onward to Freedom". Giants in the Sound. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Onward to Freedom". Chad R Shultz. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Willoughby, Peter John (January 2, 2015). "Tourniquet - Onward to Freedom". Mauce.nl. Retrieved February 20, 2016.