Music: The Axis of Perdition
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 added "The" to their name
in 2004 to indicate that the band is a specific entity. While their music is predominantly Black Metal
with large doses of Dark Ambient
, 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 Silent Hill
series of video games; their demo and first album also included references to HP Lovecraft
and Stephen King
. 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.
- 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
- 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
Tropes from the Dark Red Other:
- Abandoned Hospital: Deleted Scenes from the Transition Hospital is set in one, as is part of the Urfe saga.
- Arc Words: 'Womb' apparently. 'What is the Axis?' in Deleted Scenes.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The conclusion of Tenements, after a fashion.
- Body Horror: The Flesh Spiral, and most of the creatures encountered by Urfe.
- Book Ends: "It began, and ends, with Pylon."
- Call Back: The lyrics for "Disintegration" reference The Ichneumon Method.
- Concept Album: Everything from Physical Illucinations onwards for sure, possibly their earlier releases as well.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Averted with Corridors.
- Distinct Double Album: Urfe.
- Eldritch Location: The Axis itself, and by extension the locations inside it such as Locus Eyrie and the Transition Hospital.
- Loudness War: The early albums are particularly egregious examples because the band didn't know much about mastering. The last two albums avert the trope completely.
- Metal Scream
- Mind Screw: 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.
- Old Shame: The band sees Corridors as this and refuses to reissue it, though two re-recorded songs from it ended up on The Ichneumon Method and they leaked it to file-sharing sites. The fans for the most part don't seem to dislike it as much as the band does.
- Averted since it was later on "reissued" on cassette after their break up.
- Overly Long Name: Just look at the album list.
- Self-Deprecation: 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...
- Spell My Name with a "The"
- Spoken Word in Music: Mostly on Urfe, but every album has some.