Origin: England  
Genres: NWOBHM
Page online: September 13, 2009
Last update/review: September 13, 2009


Ritual was one of those long-lost, could-have-been bands, doing the rounds in England in the seventies and eighties but never making serious headway. They formed way back in 1973, but it took ten years before they put out an album, entitled Widow, an album without the band name on it at all (thus leading to many thinking the band name was Widow). Again it took a decade before another release, Valley Of The Kings in 1993. The style is very 70's-oriented, with additional NWOBHM nods and a sort of occult feel, featuring clear vocals and nice riffs -- not exactly Sabbath-style bludgeoning, but well-played dark metal, particularly the second album where the production values improved. A nice band for old-school metallers to track down. Both albums have been excellently re-released by Shadow Kingdom Records with new artwork and additional tracks.

Last Lineup

Re Bethe


Phil Mason


Rex Duval



1983 Legend
  • Re Bethe
  • Phil Mason
  • Rex Duval

Valley Of The Kings  
1993 Romany
  • Re Bethe
  • Phil Mason
  • Rex Duval

2008 Shadow Kingdom
  1. Widow
  2. Come To The Ritual
  3. Rebecca
  4. Never For Evil
  5. Morning Star
  6. Journey
  7. Burning
  8. Temptation
  9. Forever
  10. House Of Secrets
  11. Into The Night
re-release with new artwork and bonus tracks

Valley Of The Kings  RE-ISSUE
2008 Shadow Kingdom
  1. Naisha
  2. Kiss Of The Nile
  3. Come To The Ritual
  4. Gypsy
  5. The Enchanted Princess
  6. Burning
  7. Winds Of Fire
  8. Lady Night
  9. Morning Star
  10. Possessed
  11. Never Look Back
  12. Children Of The Night
re-release with new artwork and bonus tracks

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