Ceremonial Oath

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.[1] During their short career they released three demos, one EP and two full-length albums.[1] 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
Also known asDesecrator (1989–1991)
OriginMölndal, Sweden
Years active1989–1995, 2012-present
LabelsCorpsegrinder, Modern Primitive, Black Sun
Associated actsIn Flames, HammerFall, Tiamat
MembersOscar Dronjak
Anders Iwers
Jesper Strömblad
Markus Nordberg
Past membersAnders Fridén
Mikael Andersson
Thomas Johansson
Marcus Fredriksson
Ulf Assarsson

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,[2][3] 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.[4]


Current members

  • Oscar Dronjak – vocals, guitar (1989–1993, 2012–present)
  • Anders Iwers – guitar (1989–1995, 2012–present)
  • Markus Nordberg – drums (1991–1995, 2012–present)
  • Jesper Strömblad – bass (1991–1993, 2012–present)

Former members

  • 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 musicians



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. "Biography". Black Sun Records. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  2. "CEREMONIAL OATH To Reunite For THE GOTHENBURG SOUND Festival • Metal4all.com". metal4all.com. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Ceremonial Oath". www.facebook.com.
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