Drain STH

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Drain sth
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Years active 1993 – 2000
Labels MVG Records, Mercury, Island Def Jam Music Group
Associated acts Superfix, Blowsight, Dr. Fungus, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Snake River Conspiracy, Revolting Cocks, Opiate for the Masses
Members Maria Sjöholm - Lead vocals
Anna Kjellberg - Bass
Flavia Canel - Lead Guitar
Martina Axen - Drums/Backing vocals

Drain STH (STH for Stockholm) was an rock band from Sweden.


Noted today for their Seattle/Grunge sound, Stockholm quartet Drain STH have undergone many direction changes in both musical style and image. Guitarist Flavia Canel and drummer Martina Axén have been together in many acts starting with punk band Livin' Sacrifice (not to be confused with the thrash metal band Living Sacrifice). As this act progressed the sound developed into more of a hard rock vein.

Livin' Sacrifice evolved into "Aphrodite" with Axén, Canel vocalist Malin Ekholm and bassist Anna K, Aphrodite folded upon Ekholm's departure in 1990.

Axén, Canel and Anna K formed a new band called "Ragdoll" in 1991 that also included vocalist Annie Gutå.

With Gutås departure, Axén, Canel and Anna K joined forces with former Necronancy guitarist turning vocalist Maria Sjöholm, now wife of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. They changed the name to "Drain" and signed a deal with MVG Records in 1994. For the American market the band was known as Drain STH. Live promotion in North America included second stage appearances at the Ozzfest event in 1997 and 1999, and tours with Type O Negative, Corrosion of Conformity, Machine Head, Megadeth, Godsmack and Black Sabbath among others. The 1999 album Freaks Of Nature would be noted for the inclusion of the track Black, co-written by Iommi, along with 2 tracks "Simon Says" and "Right Through You" co-written by Max Martin. In Metal Edge magazine's 1999 Readers' Choice Awards, they were voted "Female Performers of the Year" and "Most Underrated Band".[1]

Despite heavy publicity, the band would ultimately fold in 2000, with Axén and Anna K (Axen switching to vocals) created Superfix in union with guitarist China and drummer Sid from Sinisstar. Progress with this new unit was slow, a second demo and Los Angeles showcase gig being delivered in August 2002 with the project laid to rest soon after.

During 2001 Flavia Canel re-emerged touting her new project, the Brooklyn, New York based Anotherday. In early 2002 Axén would also announce the formation of a high-profile side endeavour dubbed Dr. Fungus. Joining her on this venture would be Coal Chamber bassist Nadja Puelen, Adema drummer Kris Kohls and Unida guitarist Arthur Seay.

By mid-2003 Flavia Canel, working alongside vocalist / guitarist Niklas Fagerström, ex-SELPH guitarist Serban Carapancea and drummer Fabien Perreau, was touting a fresh Stockholm based band entitled Blowsight. That summer bassist Anna K was to be found joining New York City industrial band Hanzel Und Gretyl's 'Fukken Über' US tour, a band she stayed with until 2005. In 2006 Anna K was recruited by Al Jourgensen for the re-union tour of Revolting Cocks and in 2007 she joined the LA based Opiate for the Masses. June 2004 had reports emerging that Axén had joined Snake River Conspiracy to replace the exiting Tobey Torres, but in early 2006 it was announced that Axén had quit SRC to focus on her solo work.[2]



  • 1995 Serve The Shame [EP]

features tracks that will be used in the Horror Wrestling LP: "Serve The Shame" & "Unreal" (from the original edition), "Klotera" & "So I Will Burn (Alone)" (from the reissue expanded edition) and the 7 seconds long "To Be Continued..." (an acapella chorus used into the song "Someone")[3][4]

The expanded edition collects most of the non-album songs around that time. But some were left out: "I Don't Mind (Clawfinger Remix)" by Jocke Skog, "Without Eyes" ("Crack The Liars Smile" b-side) and one of the two "Serve The Shame" acoustic versions (the other was collected but under the generic name of "acoustic version" while a single featured an "Unplugged" and a "Further Unplugged" version)[5]

A single release of "Enter My Mind" featured the b-side "Down"[8] (both are featured as the opening tracks of the sampler disc "Ozzfest Rock Pile Sampler"[9]

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (USA)

Year Album Chart Position
1997 Horror Wrestling
1999 Freaks Of Nature Heatseekers 25

Singles – Billboard (USA)

Year Single Chart Position
1997 I Don't Mind Mainstream Rock 33
1998 Crack The Liar's Smile Mainstream Rock 25
1999 Enter My Mind Mainstream Rock 34
Simon Says Mainstream Rock 24

Careers of members[edit]


  1. ^ Metal Edge, July 2000
  2. ^ http://www.myspace.com/annakbass
  3. ^ "Drain discography". purjo.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  4. ^ IamTahko (2013-12-06), Drain STH - Without Eyes/To Be Continued., retrieved 2017-09-07 
  5. ^ "Drain S.T.H.* - Serve The Shame (Acoustic)". Discogs (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone Review". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Drain (3) - Enter My Mind". Discogs (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Various - Ozzfest Rock Pile Sampler". Discogs (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  10. ^ bonedo: Interview Tony Iommi[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Flavia's Official MySpace Page". Archived from the original on 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  12. ^ http://myspace.com/annakbass

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