Ceremonial Oath

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Ceremonial Oath
Origin Mölndal, Sweden
Genres Death metal, thrash metal (under the name Desecrator)
melodic death metal[1]
Years active 1989–1995, 2012-present
Labels Corpsegrinder, Modern Primitive, Black Sun
Associated acts In Flames, HammerFall, Tiamat
Members Oscar Dronjak
Anders Iwers
Jesper Strömblad
Markus Nordberg
Past members Anders Fridén
Mikael Andersson
Thomas Johansson
Marcus Fredriksson
Ulf Assarsson

Ceremonial Oath is a Swedish extreme metal band who formed in 1989 under the name "Desecrator", changed their name to Ceremonial Oath in 1991 and disbanded in 1995.[2] During their short career they released three demos, one EP and two full-length albums.[2] Their influence is greater than their short lifespan suggests: several of the band members would later create or join metal bands that would gain fame and fortune on the future metal scene, such as In Flames, an influential band to the melodic death metal genre; and Hammerfall, a band who would greatly influence the awakened interest in power metal and traditional heavy metal.

Ceremonial Oath reunited for an appearance at the inaugural edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival in January 5–6, 2013 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden,[3][4] and also made appearances on a few other festivals later the same year. In addition to that, a remixed and remastered version of the 1993 album The Book of Truth was re-released in the beginning of 2013.[5]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Ulf Assarsson – drums (1989–1991)
  • Marcus Fredriksson – bass, vocals (1989–1990)
  • Thomas Johansson – bass (1993–1995)
  • Mikael Andersson – guitar (1993–1995)
  • Anders Fridén – vocals (1993–1995)

Session members[edit]



as Desecrator

  • Wake the Dead (Demo, 1990)
  • Black Sermons (Demo, 1990)

as Ceremonial Oath

  • Promo 1991 (Demo, 1991)
  • Lost Name of God (EP, Corpse Grinder Records, 1992)
  • The Book of Truth (CD, Modern Primitive Records, 1993)
  • Carpet (CD, Black Sun Records, 1995)


  1. ^ "Ceremonial Oath - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". www.metal-archives.com. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Black Sun Records. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ "CEREMONIAL OATH To Reunite For THE GOTHENBURG SOUND Festival • Metal4all.com". metal4all.com. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/27100/tempidx/1/menuid/1
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/CeremonialOathOfficial/info
  6. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/images/5/0/9/3/50931.jpg