Old School Swedish Death Metal Band, CEREMONIAL OATH, Announce Return

CEREMONIAL OATH, featuring members that would later go on to IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, and TIAMAT, have recently announced their return. They are currently working on a new studio release.

The band has signed with Century Media Records, which will re-release 1993′s The Book of Truth.  The album will include no less than nine bonus tracks, including the Desecrator demos, Wake The Dead (1990) and Black Sermons (1990), as well as the 7″ The Lost Name Of God (1991).

CEREMONIAL OATH will reunite for a gig at the Gothenburg Sound Festival, on January 5-6, 2013, on stage together for the first time in 20 years.

Jesper Strömblad Announces His Departure From IN FLAMES

IN FLAMES guitarist, Jesper Strömblad, has announced that he is quitting the band. Here’s his statement:

“I have decided it is best for me to leave IN FLAMES and to quit the band permanently.

“The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with.

“I’m also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all…. and by the help from you guys, I’m on my way.

“I’m far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future.

“…May the Force be with you!”

The remaining members of IN FLAMES issued the following response:

“We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best.

“If this feels right for Jesper we are behind him 100% on his decision.

“It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that IN FLAMES will continue as a band, release albums and tour the World.

“The door to IN FLAMES is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery.”