Erik Martin "Axe" Axenrot (bornApril 5, 1979 in Linköping, Sweden) is a Swedish death metal drummer. Known for his intricate playing style, Axenrot is currently the drummer for the bands Opeth, Bloodbath and Witchery. Axenrot has been jokingly referred to as the The Lord of the Rings character Legolas by band members and fans. "He's kind of pretty, looks like Legolas," remarked Mikael Åkerfeldt who has also named him, "the most confused man I have ever met".
On Blabbermouth.com Åkerfeldt also said that Axenrot completed his drumming part for eleven tracks on the Opeth album 'Watershed' in just seven days. ".
Axenrot's girlfriend, Nathalie Lorichs, performed vocals on "Coil" on Opeth's Watershed album.
Martin Axenrot's first band, Triumphator, formed in 1995 and made 2 records (an EP "The Ultimate Sacrifice" and full length "Wings of Antichrist"). Martin Axenrot was only involved with Triumphator's demo "The Triumph Of Satan", released 1996. He left Triumphator after the release of "The Triumph Of Satan".
In 1999, he became a member of Witchery and Nifelheim. In 2004 he joined Bloodbath as their new drummer after Dan Swanö that continued in the band as one of the guitarist and songwriters. He met Mikael Åkerfeldt sometime after 15 February 2005, when Peter Tägtgren quit Bloodbath and Åkerfeldt came back into the band again to replace Tägtgren. Axenrot commented on meeting Åkerfeldt, stating "I knew Mikael Åkerfeldt because of the Bloodbath project. I met the other members a couple times because I played festivals with other bands at the same time as Opeth. Sweden is too small to not know every band here. Everybody knows everybody." On 29 August 2005, Martin Lopez of Opeth, had to leave the band temporarily again due to his illnesses. With Opeth temporarily searching for a drummer, Patrik Jensen suggested to Åkerfeldt his bandmate in Witchery, Axe, to fill-in. With Åkerfeldt knowing Axe for a little bit by being bandmates in Bloodbath back then, but going on Jensen's reference, Åkerfeldt got Axe to play with Opeth for five tours. On May 12, 2006, Axenrot officially joined Opeth, as Lopez never returned to Opeth after deciding to focus on Soen. Equipment
Axenrot is endorsed by DW Drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans heads and Pro Mark sticks.