Ceremony (punk band)

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Ceremony at Øyafestivalen in Oslo, Norway, 2012
Background information
Origin Rohnert Park, California, United States
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, post-punk
Years active 2005 - present
Labels Matador Records
Bridge 9 Records
Deathwish Inc.
Malfunction Records
Website ceremonyhc.com
Members Ross Farrar
Anthony Anzaldo
Andy Nelson
Justin Davis
Jake Casarotti

Ceremony is an American hardcore-punk band from Rohnert Park, California.


Formed in Rohnert Park, California, the band originally formed as Violent World until later changing the name to Ceremony.[1]

In 2005, the band released the EP Ruined on Malfunction Records. This release was followed by their critically acclaimed first full-length album, Violence Violence, which included a re-recorded version of the Ruined EP.[citation needed]

2008 saw the release of Still Nothing Moves You, the band's first release on Bridge 9 Records, described by Keith Carman in Exclaim! magazine as "hardcore's equivalent of Hiroshima", which placed on Billboard's Top Internet and Top Heatseekers charts in August 2008.[2][3]

After touring all around the world[citation needed] with bands including Blacklisted, Converge,[4] and AFI,[5] they have released new music, including their third full-length album Rohnert Park in 2010.[1][6]

In 2011, the band confirmed they had signed with Matador Records, and their final Bridge 9 release would be a covers-only EP, featuring the band's take on songs by Urban Waste, Pixies, Crisis, Eddie and the Subtitles, Vile and Wire.[7][8]

In March 2012, the band released the album Zoo on Matador Records which was a departure from the harder style even more so than the Rohnert Park album was, with the new record focusing on a more pre-hardcore punk sound in the style of Wire's Pink Flag (1977) album.[9][10]

Musical style[edit]

The band's main influences include Joy Division, Suicidal Tendencies, Pink Floyd and Tom Waits.[11] The band's early sound has been compared to that of Infest and described as a "non-stop bludgeoning of sonic fury" and "fast, brutal hardcore".[8][11]


Studio albums[edit]



Compilation contributions[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • World Blue (2012)
  • Adult (2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1]. Bridge 9 Records.
  2. ^ Carman, Keith (October 2008). "Ceremony Still Nothing Moves You". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Charts", Billboard. August 23, 2008, pp. 40-41. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  4. ^ [2].
  5. ^ "Ceremony To Enter Studio / Tourdates With A.F.I.".
  6. ^ Hughes, Josiah (May 12, 2010) "Ceremony Explore Rohnert Park on New Bridge 9 Full-Length". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Munro, Tyler (August 9, 2011) "Ceremony Covers". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Adams, Gregory (June 30, 2011). "Ceremony Prep Covers EP, Announce Matador Signing". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.matadorrecords.com/ceremony/
  10. ^ Pettigrew, N. (February 10, 2012) "Hardcore Hysterics: Ceremony Unites With Fans To Destroy, Inspire". Frontier Psychiatrist. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Prato, Greg "Still, Nothing Moves You Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  12. ^ [3]. Bridge 9 Records.

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