At some point enough is enough. For years, Nickelback has been one of the easiest targets in rock: a punchline for Republican Senators who get trolled into joining the band’s mailing lists, the subject of negging by Arnold Schwarzenegger, disses from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and a campaign from a Canadian cop who threatened to use their music as torture.
But no more. With a new album, Feed the Machine, just out on BMG, singer Chad Kroeger is on the offensive and he’s swinging hard. In a recent video interview with Metal Covenant Kroeger laid into sometimes-nemesis Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, saying the masked musician’s music is a faint echo of Nickelback’s multi-platinum crunch.
Responding to the interviewer mentioning Stone Sour at Kroeger’s prompt to name another band whose music spans such a diverse range of sounds, Kroeger went off, saying, “Yeah, because they’re trying to be Nickelback” — also noting that Taylor has said some “really nasty things” about him in the past.
Claiming that Taylor has said writing hit songs is easy, Kroeger challenged Number Six to, “Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one… They’re okay, but they’re not as good as Nickelback. They sound like Nickelback Lite,” Kroeger added of Stone Sour.
He then proceeded to unload on Taylor’s other band, masked rockers Slipknot. “They had to put on masks and jump around,” he said of his former Roadrunner Records labelmate. “How good can your music be if you’ve got to beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night?”
He saved the harshest comments for last, saying “music shouldn’t come with a gimmick. Music should just be music… And he [Taylor] got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started Stone Sour.” [For the record, Taylor founded Stone Sour in 1993, putting the band on hold when he joined Slipknot in 1997.]
A spokesperson for Taylor — who did not appear to have responded on his social medi accounts — could not be reached for comment at press time.
Watch the interview below, with the Taylor-related comments coming around 8:18: