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
Past members Anders Fridén
Oscar Dronjak
Anders Iwers
Mikael Andersson
Thomas Johansson
Jesper Strömblad
Markus Nordberg

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 will reunite for an appearance at the inaugural edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival, set to take place January 5-6, 2013 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden.[3][4] In addition to that, a remixed and remastered version of the 1993 album The Book of Truth will be re-released at the end of 2012.[5]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

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



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. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ceremonial_Oath/1263
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Black Sun Records. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.metal4all.com/ceremonial-oath-to-reunite-for-the-gothenburg-sound-festival/
  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