Origin: Linköping, Sweden  
Genres: 80's Metal
Page online: March 19, 2017
Last update/review: May 6, 2021

Axe Witch

From a metal standpoint, there wasn't a lot going on in Sweden in the early 80's, though a few bands, like Heavy Load, gained a bit of traction. Axe Witch came into being in 1979 and after a debut EP in 1982, released their best-known album, The Lord Of Flies, in 1983. Borrowing liberally from the NWOBHM style of the day, Flies is a solid if unspectacular album, the kind of album that 80's completists will want to seek out while modern metal fans aren't going to get too excited about. The band soldiered on for a couple more albums before breaking up in 1987. A largely original lineup came back together in 2007.

Recent album: Out Of The Ashes - Into The Fire, released on April 30, 2021.

Current Members

Anders Wallentoft

vocals

Magnus Jarl

guitars

Mikael Johansson

guitars

Björn Hernborg

bass

Mats Johansson

drums (ex-Burst)

Former Members/Guests

Klas Wollberg

guitars RIP: 1996, drug abuse

Tommy Brage

bass

Magnus Hedin

bass

Per-Ove Johansson

drums



Discography


Pray For Metal  EP
1982
  1. Born In A Hell
  2. Heavy Revolution
  3. In The End Of The World
  4. Death Angel
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Tommy Brage
  • Mats Johansson



The Lord Of Flies  
1983 Fingerprint
  1. Axe Victim
  2. Just Another Lunatic
  3. High Power
  4. Let The Strings Cry Out
  5. Sinner
  6. The Arrival Of The Flies (Part 1)
  7. The Lord Of Flies
  8. Down Town
  9. Seven Angels
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Tommy Brage
  • Mats Johansson



Visions Of The Past  
1984 Fingerprint
  1. Visions of the Past
  2. Give Them Hell
  3. Tonight
  4. Hot Lady
  5. Stand Up
  6. Heading For a Storm
  7. Born to Hell
  8. Time to Live
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Tommy Brage
  • Mats Johansson



3-Track Maxi  EP
1985 Fingerprint
  1. Stand Up
  2. Time Traveller
  3. Born In Hell
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Tommy Brage
  • Mats Johansson



Hooked On High Heels  
1985 Fingerprint
  1. City's On Fire
  2. Evolution
  3. Too Much Hollywood
  4. World Of Illusion
  5. Nightcomers
  6. Tracks Of Blood
  7. Alpha And Omega
  8. Shadows Through The Night
  9. Backstage Queen
  10. Leather And Passion
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Klas Wollberg
  • Magnus Hedin
  • Per-Ove Johansson



Out Of The Ashes - Into The Fire  
2021 Pure Steel
  1. The Pusher
  2. In Pitch Black Darkness
  3. Dues to Pay
  4. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  5. Boogie of Death
  6. Losing You
  7. Going Down
  8. The Healer
  9. Lie to Me
  10. Violator
  11. Nightmare
  12. Axewitch
  • Anders Wallentoft
  • Magnus Jarl
  • Mikael Johansson
  • Björn Hernborg
  • Mats Johansson




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