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 H.P. 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.