NUM SKULL

Thrash Metal • United States
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Num Skull was an American thrash metal band and are accredited as being one of the first proper death thrash acts on the scene.
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NUM SKULL Ritually Abused album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Ritually Abused
Thrash Metal 1988
NUM SKULL When Suffering Comes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
When Suffering Comes
Thrash Metal 1996

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NUM SKULL At the Foot of Brutality album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Foot of Brutality
Thrash Metal 1989
NUM SKULL Sea of Tranquility / Num Skull album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sea of Tranquility / Num Skull
Thrash Metal 1995

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NUM SKULL Num's the Word album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Num's the Word
Thrash Metal 1986
NUM SKULL Thrash to the Bone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thrash to the Bone
Thrash Metal 1988
NUM SKULL Demo 1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1989
Thrash Metal 1989
NUM SKULL Promo '91 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Promo '91
Thrash Metal 1991
NUM SKULL Future - Our Terror album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Future - Our Terror
Thrash Metal 1991
NUM SKULL Num Skull 1995: Demo #1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Num Skull 1995: Demo #1
Thrash Metal 1995

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NUM SKULL When Suffering Comes

Album · 1996 · Thrash Metal
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"When Suffering Comes" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US death metal act Num Skull. The album was released through Defiled Records in 1996. Num Skull formed in 1985 and is often mentioned among the first acts to play death/thrash. The band released their debut full-length studio album "Ritually Abused" in 1988, and recorded a second album in 1991, which was never released though. They disbanded that same year, but reformed in 1994. It was essentially a whole new band then though as guitarist Tom Brandner was the only remaining member from the "Ritually Abused (1988)" lineup.

The music style has changed quite a bit since the debut album too. While the music on "Ritually Abused (1988)" was a pretty raw and brutal type of thrash metal, it was never really death metal. The same can´t be said about "When Suffering Comes" which is a death metal release through and through. The heavy and brutal sounding production also pulls in a death metal direction. "When Suffering Comes" is actually a very brutal and relentlessly aggressive release, with deep intelligible growling vocals, downtuned brutal riffing, and punchy aggressive rhythms. The only exception is the cover of "Buried Alive" by Venom. It´s generally a very effective type of music but also slightly one-dimensional.

Num Skull are well playing/singing and deliver their music with both great passion and conviction. So "When Suffering Comes" is overall a quality release. The tracks could as mentioned have been slightly more memorable and the variation between tracks isn´t that great, but if you enjoy a brutal and fiercely aggressive punch in the face, it´s a highly recommendable release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NUM SKULL Ritually Abused

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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"Ritually Abused" is the debut full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Num Skull. The album was released through Enigma Records in 1988. "Ritually Abused" was re-issued on CD through Skullsucker Records in 2002. That version features the bonus track "Murder by the Minister".

"Ritually Abused" are often cited as one of the first death/thrash albums, but if you ask me the music on the album is pretty basic old school US thrash metal. Early Slayer is the main influence to my ears, but if I have to mention something that´s a bit more extreme than most other thrash metal albums from that time, it´s the vocals. They are raw, raspy and very aggressive, which is probably what people think about when they call "Ritually Abused" a death/thrash album. Num Skull is a well playing band and the sound production on the album is well sounding too, but it´s safe to say "Ritually Abused" isn´t the most original sounding thrash metal album out there. It packs punch though and the delivery is damn convincing and considering the style and the audience that´s probably what matters the most for fans of the genre. It´s loud, it´s fast and it´s aggressive. Sounds like thrash metal to me!

"Ritually Abused" is overall a good solid thrash metal release that I enjoy on occasion and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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