Basic Background Info

Birth: March 5, 1979
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Band: Nifelheim, Blood Bath, Satanic Slaughter, Witchery, Opeth, NCO, Slagwerkkrant
Genres: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Scandinavian Metal, Death Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Best known for his work drumming for Opeth, Bloodbath, and Witchery, Erik Martin Axenrot was classically trained as a child in Stockholm, Sweden. Erik Martin Axenrot started drumming at six and received his first kit at nine. Erik Martin Axenrot took lessons until he was eighteen and performed with the Linkoping's Symphonic Orchestra. Though no longer performing classical pieces, Erik Martin Axenrot has often remarked on the immense influence classical music has had on his performances and technique. Axenrot has also expressed admiration for the skills of his former instructor, Stig Bendric. 

Erik Martin Axenrot switched to extreme metal drumming when he joined Nephenzy (later renamed Nephenzy Chaos Order or NCO), Triumphator, Nifelheim, and Satanic Slaughter. Satanic Slaughter, formed in 1985 with drummer Peter Svedenhammar, has had a tumultuous past that involved a string of lineup changes. The band has seen over thirty different members. Erik Martin Axenrot appears in the album art on the Satanic Slaughter release, Afterlife Kingdom, but did not record a drum track for the album (Robert Eng drummed on the record). Erik Martin Axenrot did finally perform on a Satanic Slaughter album with 2002’s Banished To the Underworld.

Erik Martin Axenrot joined Witchery in 1999 and replaced Micke Pettersson on drums. He drummed on the 'Symphony for the Devil' and 'Don’t Fear the Reaper' albums with Witchery. Five years later, Axenrot became part of Bloodbath’s new lineup.

When drummer Martin Lopez of Opeth became ill from exhaustion in 2005, Erik Martin Axenrot replaced him as a session drummer for five tours.  The next year, Axenrot was invited to permanently fill Opeth's drummer seat.

Erik Martin Axenrot played drums for one song on Opeth's Ghost Reveries album, which was recorded while on tour. Many Opeth fans seem to prefer the structured and technical drumming that Axenrot has brought to the band’s sound.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2000 Servants of Darkness Nifelheim
2001 Symphony for the Devil Witchery
2002 Banished to the Underworld Satanic Slaughter
2003 Pure Black Disease Nephenzy Chaos Order
2004 Nightmares Made Flesh Bloodbath
2005 Ghost Reveries Opeth
2006 Slagwerkkrant 132-maart Slagwerkkrant
2006 Don't Fear the Reaper Witchery


  • Martin has been nicknamed "Legolas" due to his resemblance to the character from the Lord of the Rings movies.
  • He began playing on a snare drum and some buckets at age six.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste, Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Pro-Mark Hickory 5B Wood Tip

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