The Axis of Perdition

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The Axis of Perdition
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Black metal, industrial, industrial metal
Years active 2002–2013
Labels Code666
Rage of Achilles
Associated acts Mine(thorn), Phaleg, Hesper Payne , Auriolis, Pulsefear, Irradiant, cauldhaume, My Dying Bride, Bal-Sagoth
Website Official Myspace
Members Mike Blenkarn
Ian Fenwick
Dan Mullins
Les Simpson
Brooke Johnson

The Axis of Perdition was a British industrial black metal band from Middlesbrough. They were signed to Code666 Records.

The band rose from the ashes of Minethorn and consisted of Tetsuo Unit BRJ (a.k.a. Brooke Johnson, vocals, guitars, bass and programming) and Test Subject MGB (a.k.a. Michael Blenkarn, guitars, keyboards and programming).[1]


The Axis of Perdition's output comprises black metal experimentation with industrial music and dark ambient textures. The Axis of Perdition's debut album stated that "Axis of Perdition plays something there isn't words for yet (exclusively)".

Their sound is primarily based on distorted guitars with black metal vocals, programmed drums, and discordant sound effects including screams and static. The black metal aspects of the music are digitally distorted, interspersed with atmospheric soundscapes formed by synthesizers and field recordings. The Axis of Perdition's tracks tend to feature shifting free-form arrangements that lack a typical verse-chorus structure and tend toward lengthiness (one such track, from Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital, is over twelve minutes long).

Tapping inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell and the Silent Hill games (their EP Physical Illucinations in the Sewer of Xuchilbara is named for the dark deity of the games) as well themes of urban decay and mental illness, The Axis of Perdition are often compared to groups like Anaal Nathrakh[2] and Blut Aus Nord[3] for their similar grim, urban industrial metal aesthetics.

In 2013, the group separated due to a mutual agreement between Blenkarn and Johnson, but it is unknown whether this is either a permanent or temporary.

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  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo "Axis of Perdition Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ BNR Metal biography
  3. ^ Bagatellen review

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