|If you don’t know what Thorr-Axe sounds like yet, imagine if Skeletonwitch and Twisted Tower Dire had a love child together who grew up to be a bit of a stoner who loves Pentagram. What you get is an inferno of fierce riffs backed by husky vocals slaughtering posers with an axe blazing with lightning […] mesmerizing leads, and wimp destroying anthems of pure power. Don’t misunderstand me, this is not power metal, but the raw energy emanating from the music will goad even the weakest of men and women into a glorious march for Valhalla. – Toilet ov Hell|
There’s an icy grimness in the atmosphere, a freezing river that courses through the songs. The band blends together the vibrating tremolo-picked motifs of black metal with the heavy, stalking riffs of doom and the bleak rumble of sludge — and the melodies are much more sombre and serious than beer-soaked and rollicking. – No Clean Singing
Thorr-Axe is dead. Long live Thorr-Axe.
At first blush, referring to a band as one of Indiana’s best kept secrets may sound a bit like damning them with faint praise. Aside from perhaps traditional doom stalwarts Apostle of Solitude, most people would likely struggle to name a band from the Hoosier state. Ask any of the myriad touring bands that Thorr-Axe has played with – and subsequently blown off the stage – over the course of the last decade, though, and a common theme will emerge: these dudes are on the cusp of big things.
After the release of their The Hobbit-themed 2017 split with fellow Indiana doomsters Archarus, it felt like a foregone conclusion that Thorr-Axe would start garnering national attention with their next release (seriously – if you haven’t heard “Battle of Five Armies,” go do that right now). Last year’s run of western US dates, which culminated in the band sharing the stage with The Skull and Sixes on the second day of the inaugural Chicago Doomed & Stoned Fest, only made their breakthrough seem that much more certain.
As often happens in music – or in life, for that matter – Thorr-Axe ended up taking a different path: earlier this year, they amicably reached the consensus to part ways. However, before taking their place alongside the other einherjar in majestic Valhöll, the quartet still had two arrows in their quiver to unleash. On July 12, they were loosed in the form of The Great Schism, a split with South Dakota’s Green Altar.
In their own words:
Thorr-Axe has carved and clawed out a gaping hole within doom metal over the course of the past almost twelve years. With two full lengths, one EP, and a split under out belts, the band decided in February to lay our career to rest. To cap things off, enter now to The Great Schism, in which Thorr-Axe offers up one final sacrifice in the form of “Tollund” and a cover of “Shadow of the Wind” by Black Sabbath (or Heaven and Hell, depending on where you stand on the matter). We hope that you and the bog accept this offering.
Songs about dragons and Vikings and giants and shit.
Bang your head.
Let their names ring out in the hallowed halls of Asgard. Let them die in peace.
Thorr-Axe’s half of The Great Schism can be streamed full here.