Nifelheim is a Swedish black metal band. The band was formed in 1990 by the twin brothers Erik and Per Gustavsson, under the stage names Tyrant and Hellbutcher. The band plays old-school black metal in the vein of bands like Venom, Bathory, Hungarian Tormentor and Czech Master's Hammer rather than the style made famous by the Norwegian black metal bands of the 1990s.
After a documentary about heavy metal fans which aired in Sweden in 1998, Tyrant and Hellbutcher were given a nickname "Bröderna Hårdrock" which translates to 'The Heavy Metal Brothers' in English.
The band was involved in controversy within the heavy metal music community in December 2008, when members of the band were said to have made inflammatory remarks in Sweden Rock Magazine about deceased Metallica bassist Cliff Burton as well as Dimebag Darrell; stating "I laughed and pissed on a photo of him" and "Too bad Phil Anselmo didn't die too; that was probably the only time I wished Pantera had actually played", about Burton and Abbott respectively. In an interview published in Metalion's Slayer fanzine, Tyrant stated "this 'Dimebag/Burton' fuss that was spammed out as some 'statement' on the internet" disturbed him "more then sic! ever", and that he is "not hating either of these musicians" nor wants to "put any disgrace upon their memory". Due to that controversy and people stamping Nifelheim as "non serious", the band decided not to do any interviews anymore, the interview published in Slayer no. 20 being the band's last one.
Hellbutcher (Per "Pelle" Gustavsson) - vocals,
Tyrant (Erik Gustavsson) - bass,
Apocalyptic Desolator (Johan Bergebäck) - guitar,
Vengeance from Beyond (Sebastian Ramstedt) - guitar,
Insulter of Jesus Christ! (Peter Stjärnvind) - drums