Nirvana 2002

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Nirvana 2002
Also known as Prophet 2002, Nirvana
Origin Edsbyn, Sweden
Genres Death metal
Years active 1988–1991, 2007, 2010
Labels Relapse

Nirvana 2002 was a Swedish death metal band active between 1988 and 1991.[1] The band was originally called Prophet 2002, but decided to change its name to Nirvana.[2] However, it had to add the "2002" after seeing an advertisement for Nirvana's debut single, "Love Buzz/Big Cheese", released in October 1988.[3] Nirvana 2002 was notable for being part of the first-wave of the Swedish death metal movement, and according to Swedish Death Metal author Daniel Ekeroth, "one of the purest examples of that typical fat Swedish death metal, with crushing guitars and straightforward song structures."[1] Throughout its life the band only released demos and rehearsals, the majority of which were recorded at Stockholm's infamous Sunlight Studios.[4]

The band performed its first gig ever to celebrate the publication of the Swedish Death Metal book at Kafé 44, on 26 January 2007. This show featured Nirvana 2002's original members Orvar Säfström and Lars Henriksson along with Robert Eriksson of The Hellacopters, who filled in on drums. In addition to Nirvana 2002, the concert also included reunion performances by Grotesque and Interment.[5] Although Nirvana 2002 never released a studio album, interest in the band's recordings continued to grow over the years, "Thanks to Internet where even the most obscure Swedish death metal demos are available to hear."[6]

Relapse Records collected all the salvageable demo and rehearsal recordings of Nirvana 2002,[6] releasing them through the compilation album Recordings 89–91, on 10 November 2009.[2] Nirvana 2002 performed their first-ever appearance outside of Sweden at Maryland Deathfest, on 30 May 2010. Säfström stated in an interview for, that "this is the last show [for Nirvana 2002 and they are] not going to write any new material or do anything else."[7]


  • Truth & Beauty (demo, 1989)
  • Excursions in the 2002nd Dimension (demo, 1989)
  • Appendix / Nirvana 2002 / Authorize / Fallen Angel (split album, 1990)
  • Disembodied Spirits (demo, 1990)
  • Promo 91 (demo, 1991)
  • Recordings 89-91 (compilation, 2009)


  1. ^ a b Koerber, Scott (December 2009). "Love Buzz". Decibel (62): 10. ISSN 1557-2137. 
  2. ^ a b Freeman, Phil. "Review of Recordings 89–91". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Steinke, Darcey (October 1993). "Smashing Their Heads on the Punk Rock". Spin. 9 (7): 46. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  4. ^ Rockwell, Jonathan (8 March 2010). "Nirvana 2002 Is the Nirvana of Swedish Death Metal". Vice. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nirvana 2002: Reunion Performance Footage Available Online". 1 February 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Lee, Cosmo (January 2010). "Exhumed to Consume". Decibel (63): 88. ISSN 1557-2137. 
  7. ^ Tandy, Jeffrey (3 June 2010). "Maryland Deathfest 2010: Nirvana 2002".