Goth (Positive) punk band Ritual, from Harrow in North West London, 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. Prior to the 7″, Ritual released a six track demo tape. They also recorded tracks for an LP called “Songs For A Dead King” but was never released. This LP was released on tape however.
The band fell apart as drummer Ray Mondo and guitar player 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. Vocalist Errol Blythe and bass player Mark Bond joined Spon (ex-UK Decay) to form In Excelsis. Steve Pankhurst was the fifth member, playing sax.


Ritual One Ritual - Songs For A Dead King album art Ritual Songs For A Dead King (Album) Not On Label (Ritual Self-released) Ritual One UK 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RF712 Ritual - Mind Disease album art Ritual Mind Disease(7", Single) Red Flame RF712 UK 1982 Sell This Version
RF-1217 Ritual - Kangaroo Court album art Ritual Kangaroo Court(12") Red Flame RF-1217 UK 1983 Sell This Version