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Editors’ Notes

It's somewhat improbable that Ceremony’s key flavors are the distinctly different tones of Joy Division and Suicidal Tendencies, but that pretty neatly sums up this Northern California outfit. Ceremony’s early work was bristling and melodic hard punk, and its previous full-length, 2010’s Rohnert Park, injected a whiff of 1979-era Manchester, England (home of Joy Division, The Fall, and an entire genre of post-punk). On Zoo, Ceremony's Matador debut, the quintet melds a fondness for melodic, old-school punk and first-wave post-punk (à la Wire, Swell Maps, Joy Division). The songs zero in on their marks with deftness and unerring precision. The urgency in the repetitive, pummeling “Hysteria,” the galloping guitar riffage of “Citizen,” and the Mancunian gloom of “Repeating the Circle” make clear the band’s intent. Shake two parts musical history—vigorously, violently—with one part brutally tidy, unsparingly disciplined ooomph and serve straight up. It’s a simple recipe for powerful, visceral, and modern punk rock music.

Customer Reviews


Well this is a cool sounding album and its really mellow and trendy but they should have changed the name of the band and just started over. There's nothing to this album Its boring and slow and some off the lyrics are down right stupid. I was sick of Black Flag and sick of the Cromags and thats why i used to listen to Ceremony. it was fun while it lasted Ceremony. These guys don't even tour with hardcore bands anymore. Should have quit while they were ahead. Im so disappointed.


This is what it sounds like when you're sick of Black Flag and sick of Cro-Mags. The song "Adult" pretty much sums it up. Great record.

Not what I had hoped, expected more musicianship

Let me just start off by saying that I am not someone who is going to say they are terrible for ditching the hardcore genre. I have been a huge fan of Ceremony for one year now. A short time, but in the past year they have influenced me in ways that very few bands have in my life. I listen to them nonstop, all of the time. I know how talented these guys are lyrically and musically, but this album was very disappointing. They made a bold move, but I think they spread themselves too thin. The music writing is so simple and boring it's difficult to even get through. The hectic drum fills in the beginning of Hysteria, start stop intro in World Blue, the lyrical hooks in Community Service all feel like forced creativity, as if they were trying to show that they still could create intricate melodies and beats with a 5 piece rock group. I love the sound of the record but all of the music writing is lacking that creative force that their previous works had.The ambience of the record (Farrar's voice, the timbre of the guitar and the drums) sound great, but I don't like what they are saying. I hope that maybe this record is a transitional one, and that by their next record, they will have fine tuned their skills to make a record with their new sound, but much improved instrumentation. The one song I did actually want to listen to more than a few times was Video. Their most unique on the album, with the most sincerity and reminiscent of the Doldrums. There's my review. 2 stars, because you can grow up with out becoming boring. (that last bit was taken from Pitchforks rating of this album, which says it perfectly). Don't give up though, Ceremony. You guys are great musicians and I will still be looking forward to your next record. Just don't forget your roots, because that's where you came from. Self explanatory, but necessary.


Formed: 2005 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dealing in hardcore punk that's punctuated with explosive fits of sonic violence, Ceremony formed in the California Bay area in 2005. With a sound that fused the no-nonsense hardcore of bands like Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies with the unpredictable outbursts of Dillinger Escape Plan, the band cultivated a brutal sound that owed just as much to power violence as it did to old-school punk. In 2006, the band made their full-length debut with Violence, Violence, a 13-song, 13-minute long album...
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