|Birth name||Erik Martin Axenrot|
|Also known as||Devastator
March 5, 1979 |
Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden
|Genres||Progressive death metal, death metal, progressive rock, thrash metal, black metal, jazz fusion.|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, guitar|
Erik Martin "Axe" Axenrot (born March 5, 1979 in Linköping, Sweden) is a Swedish death metal drummer. Known for his intricate playing style, Axenrot is currently the drummer for the bands Opeth, Bloodbath and Witchery. Axenrot has been jokingly referred to as the The Lord of the Rings character Legolas by band members and fans. "He's kind of pretty, looks like Legolas," remarked Mikael Åkerfeldt who has also named him, "the most confused man I have ever met".
On Blabbermouth.com Åkerfeldt also said that Axenrot completed his drumming part for eleven tracks on the Opeth album 'Watershed' in just seven days. In an interview, Martin said, "Rudiments and technique in general were encouraged by my drum teacher Stig Bendric, who played in the army and with the Norrköping Symphonic Orchestra. He was a huge Buddy Rich fan, and could play really impressive stuff. It made me appreciate the sense of swing when playing".
Martin Axenrot's first band, Triumphator, formed in 1995 and made 2 records (an EP "The Ultimate Sacrifice" and full length "Wings of Antichrist"). Martin Axenrot was only involved with Triumphator's demo "The Triumph Of Satan", released 1996.
He left Triumphator after the release of "The Triumph Of Satan", and joined Witchery in 1999, and played with Nifelheim from 1999 to 2000. Axenrot then joined Bloodbath in 2004 while continuing to drum for Witchery.
Axenrot met Opeth through Bloodbath "I knew Mikael (Mikael Akerfeldt) because of the Bloodbath project. I met the other members a couple times because I played festivals with other bands at the same time as Opeth. Sweden is too small to not know every band here. Everybody knows everybody.".
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