RITUAL is a Hardcore Punk band. RITUAL is a group of four passionated and honest young individuals. Above all, RITUAL is a statement against a mental and emotional downfall, which can not only be discovered in our society, but in the hardcore punk scene as well. In the spirit of our age, where life is defined by numbers and not by values; where information is gained through eating what you are being fed and not through thinking, RITUAL is set to be an inspiration for a new state of mind and a new state of heart. A strong 90's edge can not be denied, neither musically wise nor politically nor emotionally. Think of bands such as CHOKEHOLD, UNBROKEN, MEAN SEASON, REFUSED or ENTOMBED.

In 5 years of existence, the band released two demos, of which one was also released as a 7" on Drastic Actions Records in 2005 to set the dawn of RITUAL's rising middle finger towards society's ugly face. Followed up by their full length "Precious Times" in 2006 (Blacktop Records / Fields of Hope Records), the zenith was reached with their "Wolves" 7" (Blacktop Records / Drastic Actions Records) in the very end of 2006. Up to now RITUAL shared stages with such names as NO TURNING BACK, RISE & FALL, BLACK FRIDAY '29, ZERO MENTALITY, PAINT IT BLACK, STRIKE ANYWHERE, 108, LAGWAGON and countless others. They shared vans throughout Europe with ANCHOR, FC FIVE or Boston's very own HAVE HEART.

Two years after "Wolves" the dusk will hang its curtain over the band and their music (not speaking about quality), as those four kids grew mature and teenage angst developed into adult despair and frustration. The upcoming full length "Beneath Aging Flesh and Bone", which will be released via REFLECTIONS RECORDS in early 2009, will be the best, the smartest, the most reflected and above all, the darkest material that RITUAL has written so far. You should probably get well dressed, because after all these years, you will finally meet your soul. Watch out for this band, as they will unleash a rage, not only on stage, but also in your heart, in 2009.

Official site:

Featured Media:
MP3 - Somewhere In The Rain

Reflections Releases:
Paper Skin - CD/LP
Kissing Pavement - 7"
Beneath Aging Flesh and Bone - CD/LP


2011-01-10 RITUAL finishes recording new album
2010-11-30 Ritual's new abum?
2010-02-22 RITUAL to play UNBROKEN show in London!
2009-03-31 RITUAL killed it!
2009-03-26 RITUAL Release show this Friday: March 27 @ AKZ...
2009-02-10 RITUAL pre-orders up now!!

2010-07-05 "Kissing Pavement" vinyl-single to be... by: Philipp (Ritual)
2010-03-14 RITUAL 2010 by: Philipp (Ritual)
2009-06-21 The summer of bigness is upon us. by: Philipp (Ritual)
2009-01-28 Two new RITUAL songs online! by: Philipp (Ritual)

"Kissing Pavement" vinyl-single to be recorded this week


With this post we are happy to reveal the title of our upcoming 7"-single: It's gonna be called "KISSING PAVEMENT" after one of the tracks that we're just about to record. We're going to hit our favourite studio "Tonmeisterei" in Oldenburg this Thursday but with a different producer this time: Robin (of The Now-Denial- & Dean Dirg-fame). We're really excited about the result. This 7" is to be released in early August (we hope). We'll keep you posted about this. A new track will be online very soon!


"Paper Skin" CD/LP


1. The Great Decay

2. Reaping loneliness

3. Dunkerque

4. Distant Glance

5. White Caskets

6. The Coldest Shoulder

7. Absolute Devotion

8. The Shell Has Got A Soul Again

9. Rusty Fingers Touching Nothing

10. Pieces Of Me



Kissing Pavement


Beneath Aging Flesh and Bone



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