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Ritual Tension began in 1983 in Manhattan. Ended, in terms of live performances, in 1989. A favorite at CBGB, often headlining Fridays and Saturdays, and Hilly Krystal was a co-producer of the band’s second LP recorded live at CBGB. Played multiple dates in Boston and DC, but both a European and a west coast tour never materialized. Played the Ritz and Tin Pan Alley (a three night stand), and the A bar and the Pyramid and wherever the hell. In the meanwhile three full LPs and one EP, followed up years later by a best-of collection.

Ivan Nahem, vocals
Andrew Nahem, guitars
Claire Lawrence-Slater, bass
Michael Jio, drums
(succeeded in 1985 by:)
Marc Sloan, bass
Michael Shockley, drums

I LIVE HERE. LP. Sacrifice Records, 1986; Fundamental reissue, 1988.
HOTEL CALIFORNIA. EP. Sacrifice Records, 1987; Fundamental, 1987.
THE BLOOD OF THE KID – LIVE AT CBGB. LP. CBGB/Celluloid Records, 1987.
EXPELLED. LP. Sacrifice Records, 1989.
PAST TENSE. LP. Sacrifice Records, 1999 (compilation).

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