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Is Nickleback… Cool Now?!


Okay, so, the short story is, no, not really (Sorry Chad). But, (and that’s a sizable “but”) I happened across the title track off their 2017 album Feed The Machine, and I had to look twice at who’s song it was! Chunky riffs, machine-gun kick-drums, and a rather guttural vocal track, at least compared to songs like ‘Photograph‘ and ‘How You Remind Me‘. I’ll admit I was impressed enough to skim through the rest of the album, and here’s what I came away with. Give it a listen and tell us what you think in the comments section!

First, I’m going to ask you to forget everything you know about Nickleback; the schlocky mom-rock singles from the early 2000’s, the attempt at reinvention with All The Right Reasons (2005) which gave us the rage-inducing D-side ‘Rockstar‘, a self-felating tribute to their pre-fame days, released well into their international touring career. I guess they don’t have irony in Canada…

See how easy it can be to slip into a prejudiced attitude?

Happens to the best of us.

Now that that’s out of our system, I’ll get down to nuts and bolts. The first and last tracks are strong. Solid drums and rhythm guitar riffs throughout, and I’d take those vocals any day of the week. There’s several more decent ones peppered in the middle as well, with varying degrees of awesomeness. Now, full disclosure, there ARE cheesy, archetypal “fillers” in there, which you’ll recognize about 15 seconds in, so keep your finger near the skip button. Audio to ‘Feed The Machine’ and ‘The Betrayal (Act III)’ are below for you to enjoy at your convenience.

Nickleback on Spotify
Nickleback on Spotify

I think the reason this was on my heart today is because, despite general distaste for middle-of-the-road, flavorless music and the tendency of mainstream radio to play the ever-loving FUCK out of the 20 songs in their rotation, regardless of quality, I’ve come to this conclusion: If this was NB’s first album, I highly doubt they would’ve ended up as the industry’s proverbial whipping-boy.

While it’s far from the likes of Master of Puppets or Reign in Blood, I absolutely respect the course-correction that is Feed The Machine. And, admittedly, I have a soft spot for redemption stories


On This Day

April 11, 1977

Alice Cooper shocked and rocked off the faces of a total 40,000 fans on a Monday evening in Sydney, Australia. Making this the largest crowd to ever attend a rock show in the country’s history.

Pretty damn good for a Monday! Then again, it is Alice Cooper we are talking about.

As the show came to it’s end, Cooper was met by authorities and placed under house arrest for 2 hours in his hotel, up until he posted bail for the amount of $59, 632. Reasons behind the ordeal were due to an Australian promoter, who claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1977 tour, in which the rockstar did not show.

In the end, the two managed to hammer the issue out, by laying out the facts. Alice didn’t show but the promoter didn’t follow through with his end of that agreement either.

Circus 1977

Spotlight

|PARA ❌B£LLUM| March. 2019

Kat Freeman : Vocals|Dakota Rice : Guitar|Manny Herrada : Bass|Kevin Mason : Drums

From the city of Houston, Texas.

We introduce to you this month, an independent Hard Rock/Alternative band. And also, one of the Collective’s personal favorites.

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Para Bellum
April 7, 2017
  https://m.facebook.com/OfficialParaBellumMusic/

Members: from left to right.
Kevin Mason – Kat Freeman – Manny Herrada – Dakota Rice

Rich, sultry vocals that flow with dark, yet vibrant tones. Crunchy riffs from the strings, the keen, resonant sound of the drums, and the biting lyrics, just raw with emotion, straight down to the core. With meaning and attitude.

This Houston band serves up one tasty, kick-ass dish of head banging fuel… and we just can’t seem to get enough of that deliciousness. After one bite, the taste lingers and you crave more. Powerful, heavy, angelic and melodic.


Featuring their latest single – “Early Grave” now available ⬇️ on I-Tunes, Spotify and AppleMusic. ⬇️

On This Day

February 25, 1972

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin played Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, in front of 25,000 people (the band’s first show in NZ, and the largest crowd ever on the island). News outlets the next day reported the music could be heard from over 5 miles away!!

Led Zeppelin

Also…. in 1984

“Jump”, arguably one of Van Halen‘s biggest hits, began a 5-week run at #1 on the Billboard US Singles chart, cementing their place in rock and roll history.