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Ritually Abused

by Num Skull

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Matthew Toye Num Skull showcase their technical ability and versatility in a seamless performance. 'Ritually Abused' is one of the most important thrash albums ever made. Favorite track: Friday's Child.
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Daniel Orozco Death metal during it's infancy, when it still had it's traces of thrash metal. The vocalist is VERY versatile, not only does he have death metal vocals, but also capable of doing falsettos. Favorite track: No Morals.
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xhrl_ Num Skull’s release of Ritually Abused was significant. It toed the line of death metal; one can hear clear hints of Immolation in some of the riffs. The spitting delivery & effects on the vocals were very unique. As well, the LP remains one of very few DM releases from a midwestern-NA band. The midwest had the proto-death stylings of Macabre and the thrash of Zoetrope, but for thrash that edged closely to death metal, Num Skull were the real deal. Ritually Abused caught them at their peak. Favorite track: Ritually Abused.
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Originally released in 1988, this lost thrash classic is finally seeing the light of day! Fully remastered and featuring an exclusive bonus track, Num Skull’s ‘Ritually Abused’ is truly a forgotten gem primed for rediscovery. Sounding like a demonic blend of Possessed and Slayer ‘Ritually Abused’ sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did when it was first released over 25 years ago. Touching on moments of death-metal, grind, thrash and speed ‘Ritually Abused’ is the ultimate document of a metal band that ‘shoulda been huge’!

"The perfect thrash metal album" - 5/5 Sputnik Music

"one of the most intense and captivating thrash metal albums ever" -


released September 16, 2014

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Num Skull’s ‘Ritually Abused’ is truly a forgotten gem primed for rediscovery. Sounding like a demonic blend of Possessed and Slayer ‘Ritually Abused’ sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did when it was first released over 25 years ago. Touching on moments of death-metal, grind, thrash and speed ‘Ritually Abused’ is the ultimate document of a metal band that ‘shoulda been huge’! ... more

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Track Name: The End
Asleep at dawn, awake at dusk,
Arise in the night time my right time for lust
Morbid dreams, unreal it seems
Down to the morgue as our Lord lies asleep
Creeping in unleashing sin
To invade the decayed corpses within
I love the touch almost too much
Sensing a thrill from the chill as I touch,
Stiff and cold she lied,
Her life has gone to hide
Her fluids have all dried,
The smell of death inside
Reeking, leaking,
As I plunge deep inside
Searching for love that I knew I would find
Down at the morgue
There are stored at this time
Bodies that rot,
Lie dormant ‘til their time
Awaiting the seeds that I bring
Relentless affection, perfection, injection
No presence of mercy in sight
Love after death,
No heartbeat no breath
The contents of his horrid plight
Losing my mind falling in love with the dead!
Track Name: Ritually Abused
Rain came down,
Small New England town
Where religion was the way
It was on this night,
when discovered was fright
As the chapel bells rang out

Soon came time as we hear the chime
The hour of death began
Minister was out, beyond shadows of doubt
Wandering in the dark

Murder by the Minister
Strangest thing you’ve ever heard
Invite you in for confession of sin
Then he’ll take your life!

How long it burned on, the flame of Hell
Possession of hatred and death?
The Circle was broken leaving a Token
A lifeless body of flesh

Now the direction, to Hell from Resurrection
Leaves a question among us
And always we’ll say, it lives on today
To torment the souls within us!
Track Name: Death And Innocence
The End is near!
Track Name: No Morals
Satan, he lives today in children whose minds decay
Their elders have lost their way
From Jesus to Baphomet, and words of unholy
Are used to alter their brains
They’re teaching them worship of evil
Not heavens in the sky
So wake up and see today
some children have no escape
Or freedom, or hope to pray
They’re banished from normal play
Actions of their elders are focused
on unfocused ways
They’re learning to live out their life
In sick mollific ways
Saddened priests of white religious worship
Fall to their knees in disbelief
Shattered hopes of one essential worship
The lord almighty “Jesus Christ”
Time will pass though both religions last
The books of both will flood the earth
Future or past, existence of black mass
Had threatened the meaning of our birth
Weak little children six years into life
Are forced to betray the blessed cross
Caressing the dead and tasting the blood
Tormented and ritually abused, so it’s done
The words of the priest,
The rings of the bell pollute the air
The chalice is drained,
Satan is praised,
A frantic orgy ends the Mass
Impression is made, a young mind stained,
The knowledge of freedom denied, First had
come guilt the parents had built
A troubled mind corrupts the child, Involuntary
use of Black Evil religion, Foul Witchcraft and
spells of Demonism
Young minds amounting to a smidgen
A forgotten child of Unholyman’s upbringing
Track Name: Friday's Child
Act I
Executed for something that you’ve never done
Your life has barely even just begun
You swear every last one would pay
You promise to return from the grave
As a man of religion you would die
But the promise of God is lies
Your faith was given all in vain,
Hope – mere illusion in your brain
Free from grace of Holy rest,
Absolute nocturnal death
Soon lie in the grave awaiting those to be repaid
The trial – how long you have waited for this day
Guilty is what you hope they won’t say
But luck forgot your name this day!
Sent to Death, Die, No delay
Now in your grave you rot,
Deep inside your cemetery plot
Your epitaph spells out lies,
As a friend looks down and cries
Break the brace of certain death,
Return from your eternal rest
Strike out from your very grave,
Soon they all will be repaid
As you rot awaiting your great transition
Patience is a virtue in this plight
Hell’s price for rebirth and reprisal
Long awaited, Many full moon nights

Act II
Now the time has ended, your corpse has fallen to dust
Your blessed death the jury’s invitation
For your falsified unjust
Now you’ll gain the satisfaction of your unrelenting thirst
But the Hell that’s expected now a violence getting worse

My soul is reborn with hatred and scorn
For vengeance of death and not prison
Beware of my toll, I’ll torture your soul
From the Black of Hell I have risen
The jurors die in cold blood in their bed
For the verdict that left me dead
And the lawyer for what went unsaid
A pathetic man from Harvard now dead
The judge will be torn at space his seams
For the hammer that smashed my dreams
Now they’re all here in Hell,
They learned a lesson I can tell

Act IV
Free from all the misery,
I killed those who sentenced me
Sent to die at twenty-three,
Now I roam the fiery sea
A case with no evidence
Ends in Death and Innocence
Easy people are misled,
Soon victims of undead
Track Name: Off With Your Head
There was a man who had a plan
That took a bit of wit
He took the earth, made human birth
And left it all to sit
With just one guide he’s set aside
In which we were to learn
To choose his path or feel his wrath
And go to Hell and burn!
We all believe it is the way
Believing that we should all pray,
Life slips away
No more beliefs
As violence and death come our way
It’s all the same,
Quite like a game but not upon a board
A complex one,
Not for fun – created by the Lord
You cannot win by choosing sin
Knowing Hell awaits
Just sing his song and play along
Until you reach the gates
Such a struggle always trouble,
Not what you’d been taught
Turn to sin and soon begin to lose
Your train of thought
Now to you, nothing’s true –
You’ve lost your sense of care
And now the game is not the same
And was never even fair!
Track Name: The Henchman
The night was dark, moon was full,
Fog was thick, the air was cool
The scene was set without regret,
All that come shall not forget
They gathered here and all did follow,
To greet the child of no tomorrow,
To see the speed of life and death
To feel the strength of Satan’s breath,
It happens every hundred years,
When mortals choose their strength in fear
They’ll sacrifice a newborn child
Bred to die all the while
Friday’s child will die at birth,
A test of faith to prove their worth
They conjure Satan to bring him higher
The infant screams while bathing in fire
The Mass of Hoods that make the crowd close to death
Chants get loud… The witch is cast into labor…
She pleads but nothing can save her
Sound of birth – hear it cry,
Soaked in blood – ready to die
Altar of Fire burning hot
This is Hell, heaven is naught
Feel the fire, hear the call,
The sickness of Satan fills them all
Watch the savior take his final fall!
Track Name: Pirate's Night
After the victim’s final plea,
From the scene you will flee
Then you wait until the night,
Keep yourself out of sight
Hiding out in the trees,
Cold sweat as you freeze
French come hunt you down,
Await the trial back in town
Off with your head!
Soon you’ll be dead!
Bloody and red!
Off with your head!
Evidence piles high,
Jury looks you in the eye
Primitive society,
Convicts you- you’re guilty!
From your window you will see
Where your figure is to be
You can’t sleep,
You can’t eat ‘cause you know
that you’re dead meat!
Time has come, You die –
see the fear in your eyes
Drop the blade, Hear the chop –
Now your life and all will stop
Off with your head!
Now you are dead!
The blood is so red!
Off with your head!
Off with your head!
Track Name: Turn Of A Screw
I was born “The Master of Death”,
Creation of Hell
“Lucifer’s Breath” sent to kill drifting through time,
entering souls controlling their minds
I killed the King, I shot the Pope
I raped your wife and then made her choke
Once as a priest I killed a goat,
Now in the night I cut your fucking throat!
Day after day, year after year,
Breeding the dead, the reason I am here,
I never die – I’m Death itself,
I fill the grounds and I fill the shelves,
Electric chair – I pulled the switch,
And in the past I drowned a Witch,
I killed the Jews they threw in a ditch
I put the dead into their crypt,
I stalk you / I hunt you / I chase you / I rape you!
I shoot you / I choke you / I stab you / I burn you!
I beat you / I axe you / I drown you / I chop you!!
They bleed as they plead
as they cry and then die!
Track Name: Kiss Me, Kill Me
Cannon balls are waiting,
Heavy, hard and black
Waiting for time,
In which we will attack
Jolly Roger is flying high,
Seeks you like a scout
Treasure, death, and piracy
Is what we’re all about
We climb aboard your ship
To penetrate your neck
To leave you in the blood
Spilled across the deck
And if we let you live
you’ll have to walk the plank
You know you can’t survive
This homicidal prank
With the vultures above and the serpents below
Out on the high seas there is no place to go
It’s Pirate’s Night,
Pirate’s Night,
They’re out to kill,
They set sail tonight,
We’ll sail up the coast to rip a little more
And leave behind the helpless ships,
To coat the ocean’s floor
Blackbeard and Captain Hook,
A few that keep the faith!
We all stand together
Though each other we hate
With the heavens above and hell below,
We still pledge to kill, to rape and to rogue
Track Name: Rigor Mortis
The Devil’s dungeon has trapped inside,
Your cynical thoughts of death
Endless suspicion, driven solely
To trouble your knowledge of release
Twisting and turning
I’m urging questioned oppression
That you deplore
Searching for answers,
There are none in store
All leading to reasons of when you will die
Soundless hysteria echoes so loudly
Through channels of your brain
Shredding your lucidity
Caused by the constant driving crave
Seeking and searching you look for the key
Too clever, so never will you be free
Harassing and haunting
Excision of mercy, all ceasing of soundness
Confounded you lose
The foolishness of yourself has found you
Locked up in a cage
Discretion of your brain
Has left you knowledgeless of your age
You know not yourself,
you know not existence
Your insight on life is unknown
You trouble yourself with theory of death
Inversion in you has shown
Your mind is in pieces
Your conscience is dead,
Your activities are restrained
You’ve hounded yourself with
Theory of Death
You’ve driven yourself insane
Track Name: Murder By The Minister (Bonus Track)
I met her there by the stairs,
She seemed to catch my eye
An unknown love sent from above,
The last before I die
We carried on through the years,
Getting worse and worse
As time went on our love was gone,
Never ending curse
I couldn’t see why she left me,
All I could see was death
I’d made my mind to leave behind,
My body, my life, my breath,
I’ll buy a gun, Have some fun,
Blowing my brains out the back,
A helpless try to make her cry,
As I perish into the black,
She kissed me, she killed me,
The love that once filled me
Turned black inside my heart
She kissed me, she killed me,
Life no longer thrills me –
Death to me my only friend,
Soon to be just a memory
I sit and stare at the gun
On this night, a silent night,
My life of death has begun
On to my lips the cold barrel sits,
Aiming for my instant death,
I pull the lever, its now or never,
As I Breathe my final breath,
She kissed me, she killed me
You know I go willingly
Leaving this world behind