Num Skull Ritually Abused to see re-issue on Relapse

by Aaron Lynn
July 29, 2014 –


Even back in the early 1990s, people referred to Num Skull as “old school death metal” for its plodding, dark cadences and thudding primitive riffs. Now the most famous artifact of this band, Ritually Abused, will terrorize your living room thanks to a re-issue through Relapse Records on September 16, 2014.

Famous for engaging but highly basic music, Num Skull reduced death metal to its simplest elements and tied them to a groove which replaced rhythmic expectation with a pounding certainty like the march of undead armies across a wasteland. Songs followed much of the format of those of early death metal innovators Possessed but did so at a slow dreadnought pace alternating with high-speed violence, mulching listeners into paste with militant power chords.

The Relapse re-issue of Ritually Abused will include a bonus track from the ’86 demo “Num’s the Word” to commemorate the original release of the album 25 years ago. You can pre-order Ritually Abused in LP or CD format with or without a t-shirt bundle at

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  • Lord Mosher

    This is one of those ancient lost greats I’m talking about. Pretty much everything from this band is fucking great!

  • trystero

    Shirt looks great. Will get. I must say Aaron your writing is excellent! Num Skull may not be a super special band but reading your description would definitely make me curious about it. Keep doing what you do my friend.

  • BrennendesGehirn

    Superb. Thanks for the post. Great example of what happens when attitude comes before anything else.

  • MiddleIndex

    Ha i have mine ordered and all. Hopefully Our Future – Our Terror makes its way on to cd.