NICKELBACK bassist Mike Kroeger has once again clarified his comments about his desire to make a super-heavy album with his band one day.
Back in January 2019, Kroeger told Australia's Wall Of Sound that metal is "what I listen to without fail," adding that "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. We all know everything about the 'Big Four' — METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER. I would do a SLAYER cover album if I could. That's where my heart lies. There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything, but let's just say I wouldn't count it out."
Kroeger later offered a different take on the possibility of recording a SLAYER covers album, explaining that he never said NICKELBACK as a band would partake in such a project. He has now doubled down on those comments, telling the WSOU radio station in a new interview (hear audio below): "There was a little bit of context manipulation in that Wall Of Sound interview. What I said was that I, Mike, personally would like to do a SLAYER cover record — not NICKELBACK. And that was maybe a mistake on my part, 'cause I left it too easy to be reinterpreted. But the fact is when we did [NICKELBACK's 2017 album] 'Feed The Machine', there was a real intent to make it firmly a rock album — a hard rock record. That was really what we wanted it to be. And we, I think, executed that, and our fans have given us the approval that we did, in fact, make a good hard rock record.
"Now, as far as NICKELBACK going ahead and making a power metal album, that isn't gonna happen. I wouldn't mind being involved in something like that personally, just because that's the kind of music I listen to, but the rest of my band doesn't share my taste in things like SLAYER. Well, the drummer does; Daniel [Adair], he likes SLAYER.
"I think it was more of a clickbait thing than anything else, because just consider it — a guy from NICKELBACK says they wanna make a SLAYER cover album. The entire metal community is in uproar. [Laughs] It's so easy, right? You wanna get some clicks? That's one way of doing it."
Asked if he thinks the next NICKELBACK album will follow a heavier direction, like "Feed The Machine", or if it will feature a more commercial sound, Mike said: "I really hope it's heavier, just 'cause that's what makes my pulse go up. I don't know yet. It's not like we have the thing in the can — it's not all recorded — so we're still finding out what's gonna happen. We don't know yet.
"If I had to predict, I would say there's probably gonna be a wide-ranging body of work here," he added. "There's gonna be the songs that people will wanna listen to when they're having a fun social event, and there's gonna be other songs when you wanna do the steering-wheel drums and bash away at something that's got a heavy metal kind of bent to it. I think we're gonna have everything across the board, really. I believe that's probably what's gonna happen. As much as I would just like to make cover-to-cover metal, there's probably gonna be songs for the people who like the more melodic love songs, and there's probably gonna be the heavy stuff too."
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