Once upon a midnight dreary Tourniquet madman Ted Kirkpatrick pondered how he could share his love for the writings of Edgar Allan Poe with the world. Readers may recall that Tourniquet performed “The Telltale Heart” on Crawl to China, but this was not to be a band project, or even necessarily metal (although what’s not metal about Edgar Allan Poe’s scary tales?) So Ted gathered seven vocalists from near and far (Eric Wagner, Les Carlsen, Luke Easter, Jamie Rowe, Rob Beckley, Warrel Dane, and Frank Marino) for a spoken word album of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works. Think of it as a book on CD, with minimal instrumentation. Hearing the different voices and different instrumental approaches is really cool, but Les Carlsen and Warrel Dane’s performances really shine through as over the top. Nicely fleshed out. Available from the tourniquet.net shop.
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