Drummer Martin “Axe” Axenrot’s Departure From Opeth Was Reportedly Related To His COVID-19 Vaccination Status

It appears Martin “Axe” Axenrot’s departure from Opeth was related to his refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The news was confirmed by Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes, who performs with the drummer in Bloodbath.

Holmes told Blabbermouth the following when asked about Axenrot’s current status in Bloodbath:

“He’s still in the band as far as I’m aware. I haven’t seen him for three years, maybe more. Waltteri’s [Väyrynen, PARADISE LOST] been playing drums with BLOODBATH more than Axe has in the last couple of years.”

He also added:

“I mean, [Martin] was working with OPETH prior to the pandemic, so he decided to take a backseat to the live shows and Waltteri did the [BLOODBATH] live shows ever since. He’s still in [BLOODBATH]. The whole pandemic — he didn’t want to get the vaccine, so that caused issues with travel and touring with OPETH when they started to go out again six months ago. That caused them issues there. It’s come over to BLOODBATH for sure.”

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