If Nickelback released a metal album, would you fess up to your fandom then? Get ready because bassist Mike Kroeger says the band would love to do it and, personally, he’s down to do a Slayer covers album.
Speaking with Wall of Sound, the bassist was asked about the heaviness of Nickelback’s most recent album, Feed the Machine, and if there’s any consideration of going even heavier.
“I would love to. Metal is what makes me go, it’s what I listen to without fail,” said Kroeger. “If we could actually sink in and do a metal album, all four of us would love it. I know that we’re all – on differing scales – metalheads at our core,” he continued, outlining his headbanger credentials as he commented, “We all know everything about the Big Four – Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer.”
Kroeger then reminded everyone of what he really is. “I would do a Slayer cover album if I could. That’s where my heart lies,” he revealed, lamenting, “There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything, but let’s just say I wouldn’t count it out.”
Admitting that Nickelback’s music is not a reflection of the band members’ personal tastes, the bassist explained, “I listen to bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God… and we became friends with those guys. Daniel [Adair, drums] and I nerd out on stuff they do, and as musicians we love to listen to it.” He then name-checked progressive metal unit Animals as Leaders, gushing over their last album, 2016’s The Madness of Many. “I just cannot believe how sick it is, I love it,” he exclaimed.
Remember when Nickelback covered a bit of Metallica’s “Sad But True?” It was pretty heavy. Maybe they’ve got it in them after all, huh?
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