Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Axis of Despair!

In November/December of 2018 we recorded a cover version of "Trust Your Mechanic" by Dead Kennedys to be featured on the "Grindcore Über Alles - A Grindcore Tribute to The Dead Kennedys" to be released by The Hills Are Dead Records in 2019. Enjoy our song now!

Current status of the band, December 2018

November 30th we did our latest show in a crammed cellar in Stockholm. We played at Snövit together with Tortura Eterna and General Genocide. Prior to the show we have spent the latest weeks rehearsing and recording a cover song to be mixed, announced and released pretty soon... Also coming soon is the 7" EP "And the machine rolls on" with six tracks recorded at the same time as "Contempt for Man". The 7" EP will be released by Selfmadegod Records early 2019 and comes in black vinyl and a limited colored edition. The tracklist is: A1. Emasculate, A2. Misery Greets You, A3. Slow, B1. Bloodloss, B2. Sönderfall, B3. Railway Spine.

The two songs "To Hell with Tomorrow" and "Ripped off and Left Behind" recorded during 2016 for a Swedish compilation might not be released in that form anymore, but it's quite possible that they will be added to a likewise possible CD released with the three 7" EP's in 2019.

We have added a bunch of new merchandise to the shop - read more about it below....


We have a brand new t-shirt design called "2018" along with all our releases in a different array of formats. There are some oddities in the shop as well, and the amounts are limited so place your orders now!

Go to the merchandise page!

Debut album "Contempt for Man" released by Southern Lord Recordings on July 27!

Our debut album "Contempt for Man" was released on LP, CD and digital via Southern Lord Recordings, July 27 2018. The album includes 20 brand new songs and was recorded during June - August 2017 by ourselves and mixed on and off by Johan Berglund. The artwork is drawn by Paul Romano. The vinyl version of the album is released in three different colors - black, silver (as part of Southern Lord’s anniversary series) and gold. It can be orderd through Southern Lord US, Southern Lord Europe, through Bandcamp and through this very website.

We are happy that the album finally is released so we can share it with the world. We are very satisfied with the songs and Johan's mix that certaintly has added a bunch of power to the material. Have a listen at Spotify (link in the footer). Here's a page with all the press coverage of the album.

Tracklist: 1. Värdelös, 2. Demons and Angels, 3. Pawn Sacrifice, 4. The Wolven Law, 5. Lockdown, 6. The Punishment Begins, 7. The Noose Tightens, 8. Det går aldrig, 9. Crush the Empire, 10. Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike, 11. A Life of Ceaseless Grind, 12. Streams of Sludge, 13. Into the Hard Earth, 14. The Pain Maze, 15. Vile Behaviour, 16. Defeat, 17. Dull Dead Future, 18. To Smite, 19. A Brutal Truth, 20. Flytande död

Check out our YouTube page for some teasers and pre-production demos!

Previous release: "Mankind Crawls" 7" EP

The second release from Axis of Despair is another six track 7" EP entitled "Mankind Crawls". The songs were recorded during the same session as "Time and Again" and is a co-release by Give Praise Records and Spela Snabbare Records. The 7" EP was released in October 2016 in 250 yellow and 250 black vinyls.

Order the 7" EP here!
Listen to "Under the Surface" at YouTube!

Previous release: "Time and Again" 7" EP

First release from Axis of Despair, "Time and Again" includes six tracks of true Swedish grindcore, recorded in the legendary Soundlab Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Released by Selfmadegod Records in a first pressing of 500 copies, 100 in a limited edition with clear vinyl and 400 in a regular edition with black vinyl.

Order the 7" EP here!
Listen to "Tattooed Corpse" at YouTube!

Live shows!

Nothing at the moment - book us!

July 3, 2016 - First show as support to Black Breath at En Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Other support acts were This Gift is a Curse and Fredag den 13:e.
October 29, 2016 - Second show with the legendary Finish crust icons Riistetyt and Crutches at Plektrum Bar in Örebro, Sweden.
October 21, 2017 - Third show as support to Facebreaker at Scenit/Kulturhuset i Örebro in Örebro, Sweden.
July 19, 2018 - First non-Swedish show at Obscene Extreme Festival, Trutnov, Czech Republic.
November 30, 2018 – Supported by Tortura Eterna and General Genocide at Snövit, Stockholm, Sweden.

Slight history of the band

Axis of Despair features former and present members of such bands as Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet som insats, Nervgift and Overtorture. To be exact: The band was formed by former Coldworker members Anders Jakobson (drums), Oskar Pålsson (bass) and Joel Fornbrant (vocals) in the end of 2013. About half a year later the line up was completed by Livet som insats member Kristofer Jankarls playing the guitar. In the Summer of 2015 a 12 song recording session took place, ending up as the two 7” EP’s ”Time and Again” and ”Mankind Crawls” released in 2015 and 2016. After doing a few shows the band continued to write songs and by the Summer of 2017 the album ”Contempt for Man” was recorded, containing 20 songs and ultimately released by Southern Lord in 2018.

Related bands

Overtorture, Volturyon, Livet som insats, Nervgift, Infanticide, Nasum, Coldworker, Proteststorm

Social shit and contact

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