->''With the scream of the air raid siren I know, I know I'm finally coming home...''
->--The Axis of Perdition, "Heaving Salvation in the Paradise of Rust"


The Axis of Perdition was a band formed in England in 2001. Originally they were known as Axis of Perdition, but they [[SpellMyNameWithAThe added "The" to their name]] in 2004 to indicate that the band is a specific entity. While their music is predominantly BlackMetal with large doses of [[{{Ambient}} Dark Ambient]] and {{Industrial}}, they consider themselves to be primarily an {{Ambient}} band that uses metal as a "texture".

The band's music, lyrics, and artwork are inspired heavily by the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series of video games; their demo and first album also included references to Creator/HPLovecraft and Creator/StephenKing. The Axis present themselves as a hellish psychiatric hospital of sorts, with their albums as "treatments" and listeners as "patients".

The band has since separated in July of 2013, citing mutual agreements with Johnson and Blenkarn.

The hospital's current doctors are:

* Brooke Johnson - vocals, electronics
* Mike Blenkarn - guitar, keyboards, programming, electronics
* Ian Fenwick - bass
* Dan Mullins - drums
* Chris Walsh - guitar
* Richard Brass - guitar
* S.B. - electronics
* Leslie Simpson - narration

Treatments:

* ''Corridors'' (demo, 2002) - actually a split release with the band's Dark Ambient "mother", Pulsefear; limited to 20 copies
* ''The Ichneumon Method (And Less Welcome Techniques)'' (full-length, 2003)
* ''Physical Illucinations in the Sewer of Xuchilbara (The Red God)'' (EP, 2004) - first release as ''The'' Axis of Perdition; introduced the band's current concept; limited to 666 copies
* ''Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital'' (full-length, 2005)
* ''Urfe'' (full-length, 2009) - a double album consisting of the first two parts of the Urfe trilogy, ''Grief of the Unclean'' and ''The Great Unwashed''
* ''Tenements (of the Anointed Flesh)'' (full-length, 2011) - conclusion to the Urfe saga

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!!Tropes from the Dark Red Other:

* AbandonedHospital: ''Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital'' is set in one, as is part of the ''Urfe'' saga.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://hospitallounge.proboards.com/ The band's forum]]. [[MindScrew Somewhat]].
* ArcWords: 'Womb' apparently. 'What is the Axis?' in ''Deleted Scenes''.
** "I broke myself" off of ''Urfe'', which is revisited in ''Telements''.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The conclusion of ''Tenements'', after a fashion.]]
* BedlamHouse: Where much of the band's story takes place.
* BodyHorror: The Flesh Spiral, and most of the creatures encountered by Urfe.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:"It began, and ends, with Pylon."]]
* CallBack: The lyrics for "Disintegration" reference ''The Ichneumon Method''.
* ConceptAlbum: Everything from ''Physical Illucinations'' onwards for sure, possibly their earlier releases as well.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: The band put ''Corridors'' up on file-sharing sites for free.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Urfe''. Disc 1, ''Grief of the Unclean'', consists entirely of ambient and industrial music; while disc 2, ''The Great Unwashed'', is about half ambient and half metal. Add in the mostly metal ''Tenements'' and the whole Urfe saga is a Distinct Triple Album.
* DownerEnding / GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: At the end of "Awakenings" off of ''Tenements'', Urfe's AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence results with the complete corruption of the world, or ''something'' like it]].
* EldritchLocation: The Axis itself, and by extension the locations inside it such as Locus Eyrie and the Transition Hospital.
* EpicRocking: Only natural for a fusion of black metal and ambient music. A pretty good chunk of their tracks are upwards of 10 minutes long.
* HarshVocals: They generally go for a high pitched shriek, though death growls and clean singing are also used.
* HeavyMithril: Albeit it's for cosmic horror instead of fantasy, but this still applies. Some songs on ''Physical Illucinations in the Sewer of Xuchilbara'' even directly sample dialogue from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
* HumanoidAbomination: Pylon, the shadow in the library, the Kelifoth, and ultimately [[spoiler:Urfe himself]].
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: The ending of ''Tenements''. As Urfe AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, it implies his SanitySlippage and corruption ''itself'' will corrupt the world]].
* IndecipherableLyrics: They don't publish their lyrics, and ''good luck'' figuring them out by ear.
* LoudnessWar: The early albums are particularly egregious examples because the band didn't know much about mastering (the début is actually ''worse than Music/IggyPop's ''Music/RawPower'' remaster''). The last two albums avert the trope completely.
* MetalScream
* '''MindScrew''': You have ''no idea''. Not including ''The Ichneumon Method'', nearly everything they've released is a concept album. ''Urfe'' is a prime example, being split into two parts and ''Tenements'' being a continuation of the ''Urfe'' saga. The problem is however the band has '''always''' been against releasing lyrics to their albums, the only two being ''The Ichneumon Method'' and ''Tenements''. You'd have to either figure out the words from ''Deleted Scenes'' and ''Urfe'' somehow.
* MotiveRant: "One Day You Will Understand Why".
* OverlyLongName: Just look at the album list.
* PsychologicalHorror: True to its ''Silent Hill'' inspiration, the band's storyline is this with a healthy dose of SurrealHorror and CosmicHorror.
* {{Sampling}}: Often used. As mentioned under HeavyMithril, ''Physical Illucinations'' features samples from ''Silent Hill 3''.
* SelfDeprecation: Much of the band's promotion of their albums seems to consist of calling them awful, but of course the fans just don't listen...
* ShoutOut: In addition to the obvious ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and Creator/HPLovecraft references in their work, they stuck "Cygnus X-1" into the title of one of the tracks on their demo when they reissued it on cassette. This is presumably a reference to a saga by Music/{{Rush}} (specifically, from ''Music/AFarewellToKings'' and ''Music/{{Hemispheres}}''). There is also an actual black hole by this name, but it's difficult to imagine the band weren't aware of the Rush songs.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe
* SpokenWordInMusic: Mostly on ''Urfe'', but every album has some. ''Urfe'' in particular has been compared to a radio play by many listeners, as it consists largely of narration of the story with dark ambient/industrial musical backing, with some additional creepy sound effects thrown in throughout.
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->''Am I dead?''
->''"Of course not, Mr. Urfe. This is only the beginning..."''