Nirvana 2002
Recordings 89-91


3.5
great

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
December 28th, 2009 | 42 replies | 6,347 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unearthed Swedish death metal treasure.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

A lot of you are probably looking at the name of this band and either thinking two things; “Who the *** is this” or “Band name sounds like a noobs username on Sputnikmusic”. Nirvana 2002 were simply a Swedish death metal band, no frills added. Playing during a time period when thrash was on it’s way out and death metal was ripe with up-and-coming bands, Nirvana 2002 began their career as Prophet 2002, later changing their name to Nirvana until it was brought to the bands attention that a small Seattle band had released a 7” under the same name. Quickly tacking on 2002 to the end of their name, the band never quite established itself, only releasing a small collection of studio recordings that never added up to much more than a few promos and demos. By the time 1991 rolled around, Nirvana 2002 had packed it in without a single live show played under their belts. Fast forward twenty years later when Relapse Records decided to offer the band a one-album deal where the band had an opportunity to clean up all of their old demos and promos and release the entire thing as a compilation package. Thank God we have labels like Relapse Records who continue to revisit the past through a stellar line-up of bands. Now they can also add another notch onto their belts for uncovering a Swedish death metal gem.

If Swedish death metal is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Right off the bat, the listener will notice the diversity in the tracks; not so much in the style of death metal that never really offered diversity to begin with, but through the production instead. Drawing a line down the centre of the album, the first half is filled with properly produced studio recordings, including a couple of face melting tracks like “Slumber” and “Snake” that weave horrifying melodies into their perfectly executed fuzzy guitar tones and base-snare-base rhythm attack. In fact, these first six tracks could have been considered classics had they been released twenty-five years earlier. The last half of this compilation is basically a bunch of restored cassettes where the dust was blown off, but never given a proper clean up. In other words, these are raw cuts of the first six songs that went straight from tape to digital. Surprisingly, these tracks don’t sound so bad and actually give you a glimpse into the bands history as you can feel the bands raw intentions captured in a single take in the studio. Even more surprising, most of these tracks benefit from a grainy production captured through these raw studio sessions as opposed to the first half of the album that has been run through the production wash. Either way, it’s an interesting look into how production can greatly change the feel of a song. The one cut on here that doesn’t fit the studio sessions is a track recorded live in 2007, a one-off show to promote the release of a fantastic book that captures the essence of Swedish death metal. It’s nothing spectacular, but you can certainly hear that the band hadn’t lost their edge from the good old days of jamming.

A question that should be asked about this album is as follows; “Even though Nirvana 2002 recorded most of these track between 89 and 91, how well do they hold up next to a generation of clones or even their peers who still keep on trucking such as Dismember or Entombed?” The answer is simple; if this compilation had been released twenty-five years earlier, this would have stood the test of time in the eyes of the metal community. However, sounding too much like Dismember, old-school Entombed and Grave as well as releasing your album 20 years after the fact, the relevance of this album feels more like the same old to the metalheads who need diversity in their music. Under the suspicion of taking one more kick at the cat, I’m thinking that Relapse Records saw this opportunity and took a chance at the sub-genre that has been well worn for the past 20 years, thus giving us diehard fans of the sub-genre that one last remaining gem that should be included in our elitist music collections.



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Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really liking this album. Balls, I know you will drool over this dude.

You know the drill, drill my writing skills because I feel like I've been sliding downhill with my reviews.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

TheSpirit
December 28th 2009



17177 Comments


Good Review. There's only a few Swedish DM albums i really enjoy, but this seems worthwhile so I'm feeling obligated to check it out.

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would say it's a manditory listen if you live by this music, but other that, it's more or less the same.

TheSpirit
December 28th 2009



17177 Comments


I wouldn't consider myself a huge Swedish DM fan, but i have enough to qualify at least youtubing some songs haha.

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahahahahaha good old Youtube. And LOL at the Nirvana comment. I thought they were a Nirvana cover band when I picked this up a while back.

jingledeath
December 28th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw the band name and then the reviewer and did a double take lol. Good thing it's good old swedish dm or I might've fainted. Anyways super review as always, gonna have to check this out for sure.

Relinquished
December 28th 2009



24444 Comments


Heard of this band but never checked them out. Gonna do it.

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna have to check this out for sure.

I know one of your favourites is in the "recommended by reviewer" column so this is a non brainer.

jingledeath
December 28th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That, Nihilist and Entomed are all awesome, so yeah I already know that I'm going to like this.

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Worth listening to the rough cuts as well!!!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2009



8318 Comments


yeah so this ain't my style (yet), but nevertheless I want to congratulate you on a job well done once again, great review.

Buccaneer
December 28th 2009



692 Comments


The only swedish dm I've heard are the big names, like Dismember, Entombed and Unleashed.

Might check this out...could do with more Swedish DM

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2009



16260 Comments


Doesn't really sound like something I'd overly enjoy.

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hated it so you probably wouldn't be interested hahahaha.

Seriously, if you like your death metal Swedish, you will enjoy this.

Zipzop5565
December 28th 2009



402 Comments


Lol I thought this was the grunge band Kurt Cobain was in for a second.

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is Nirvana, check it out!!!!

Phantom
December 28th 2009



8930 Comments


you do like a good drilling

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gay for it!

Relinquished
December 28th 2009



24444 Comments


..............................................

Wizard
December 28th 2009



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Relinquished, don't pretend you didn't try to solicit sex to me online.



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