Nickelback Parts With Drummer

Ryan "Nik" Vikedal has left the ranks of Canadian rock act Nickelback.

Ryan "Nik" Vikedal has left the ranks of Canadian rock act Nickelback. A member of the band since 1998, the drummer's exit from the group appears amicable, with the remaining members issuing a statement to wish him well with future endeavors.

Vikedal, who is also a sometime member of the acoustic country blues act the Corb Lund Band, is not Nickelback's original drummer. He followed Mitch Guindon and another Kroeger sibling, Brandon, who dates to the act's origins as a Hanna, a Calgary-based cover band in the mid-1990's.

Nickelback frontman/guitarist Chad Kroeger, his brother, bassist Mike Kroeger, and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Peake are about to begin work on the band's fifth full-length album in Vancouver. No replacement for Vikedal has been named.

The eventual recording will be the follow-up to 2003's "The Long Road" (Roadrunner), which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set spawned the No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks cut "Figured You Out," which also reached No. 4 on the Modern Rock Track chart. The album also boasted the hits as "Someday" (No. 2 Mainstream, No. 4 Modern) and "Feelin' Way Too Damned Good" (No. 3 Mainstream, No. 23 Modern).