Ritual, Harrow, London, England, UK

Formed: Harrow, London, England, UK

Gothic punk band, members of which went on to form In Excelsis with members of UK Decay. They evolved out of punkier bands General Confusion and Stigma. In addition to the two singles they recorded a demo, a tape album, and a Peel Session (Tracks: 'Human Sacrifice', 'Brides', 'Play Time' and 'Mind Disease').

This bio is from PHOENIX HAIRPINS:

Ritual started in 1979 and were one of the first goth punk bands but never got the same recognition as Sex Gang Children or Southern Death Cult. Many compare them to Theatre Of Hate as the band also had a sax player. Prior to the 7", Ritual released a six track demotape.They also recorded tracks for an LP called Songs For A Dead King but was never released. The band fell apart as drummer Ray Mondo and guitarplayer Jamie Stewart were asked to join Death Cult. Ray Mondo later switched the drummer seat with Nigel Preston (ex-Theatre Of Hate) to play in the last line up of the (early) Sex Gang Children.



Singles & Albums

Ritual - Mind DiseaseMind Disease (7", 1982)

Ritual - Kangaroo CourtKangaroo Court (12", 1983)

Demos & Tapes

Ritual - DemoDemo (Tape, 1981)

Ritual - Songs For A Dead KingSongs For A Dead King (Tape, 1981)


Various Artists

In Goth Daze UK CD 1994 (Anagram): Mind Disease

Silhouettes & Statues (A Gothic Revolution 1978 - 1986) UK 5xCD 2017 (Cherry Red): Mind Disease



Interview - No Class Fanzine



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