Summer 1996, Jake (Lord Serpent) and (Old)Nick started practicing and writing songs on a daily basis. At the time Jake was in a band called Crimson Death, which quickly diminished and left all focus upon this new project. The band wanted to take up a name that in a way symbolized the music and lyrical content. Within a few days the band came to terms with the title "Ceremonial Castings". Ceremonial Castings released their first demo tape back in 1996. The tape consisted of four songs: Eternal Dying Dawn, Unholy Communion, Witchcraft, In velvet darkness.