Style: Power Metal |
Year of birth: 1998
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Biography of Band
|Axenstar was formed by Peter Johansson (guitar) and Magnus Ek (bass) as a Metal-cover band in 1998 under the name Powerage. Singer at that time was "Mr.Eddie", the drummer and solo guitarist
at that point was stand-in members Johan Burman from Chemical Co-operation and Magnus Soderman from Lost Souls. The only release Powerage did with this line-up was a tribute to Iron Maiden "Hallowed be the name" was recorded and appeared on "Made in Scandinavia" (Tribute Records). In 1999 Eddie was replaced by Magnus Eriksson (Vocals, keyboard) and Magnus brother Thomas joined on solo guitar. Pontus Jansson overtook the place as drummer in Powerage about the same time.
After the line-up was complete, the band started writing songs together with focus on strong melodies and heavy guitar riffs. In March 2000 they entered Studio Underground in Vasteras,
Sweden to record their first demo CD "The Beginning". Four songs were recorded and they began to send it out to record companies. They got some offers but none of the contracts were signed.
“The Beginning” got excellent reviews in the Swedish Metal press.
Powerage have played some local live gigs with bands like The Storyteller and Stormwind only to name a few. Two new songs were recorded in January 2001, “Confess Thy Sins” and “Seventh
Labyrinth”. In March 2001 they changed their name to Axenstar. In August of 2001 the band once again entered the studio, this time in Studio Sutare for the recording of a new demo. Simply called
"promo 2001". Three songs were recorded this time; "Confess the Sins", "King of Tragedy" and "The Cross We Bear". Once again, a demo was sent out to attract the attention of record companies and this time they got an offer they couldn`t refuse. They signed with the Spanish label Arise Records and started to work on their debut album "Perpetual Twilight". The album was released in October of 2002 and got really good reviews all over the world.
The second album, "Far From Heaven", was released in November 2003. In the meantime, Axenstar had a time to play live performances, including the Motala Metal Festival 2002, Sweden Rock Festival 2003, and a European tour with such bands as Falconer and Doomsword.
Members of Axenstar
| Current Members:|
Thomas Eriksson (Guest). In Band at: 1999 - . Role: Guitars, vocals
Peter Johansson (Founder). In Band at: 1998 - . Role: Guitars
Side projects: Miscreant
Magnus Ek (Founder). In Band at: 1998 - . Role: Bass, vocals
Side projects: Miscreant
Magnus Eriksson (Guest). In Band at: 1999 - . Role: Keyboards, vocals
Pontus Jansson (Guest). In Band at: 1999 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Miscreant, Utumno
Mr. Eddie (Founder). Period: 1998 - 1999. Role: Vocals
Johan Burman (Founder). Period: 1998 - 1999. Role: Drums
Side projects: Chemical Co-operation, Miscreant
Magnus Söderman (Founder). Period: 1998 - 1999. Role: Guitars
Side projects: Inrage, Lost Souls, Rosicrucian, Slapdash
|Demo: The Beginning (2000) Tracklist.|
Comment: Released while they were still called Powerage
Demo: Promo 2001 (2001) Tracklist.
CD: Perpetual Twilight (2002) Tracklist.
CD: Far From Heaven (2003) Tracklist.
Comment: Include Bonus Track "Thrills In The Night" For Japanese Edition Only
CD: The Inquisition (2005) Tracklist.