Published Jun 19, 2017Last week, Nickelback added to their growing arsenal of butt rock hits with the arrival of their ninth studio album Feed the Machine. Now, Chad Kroeger is feeling the need to protect the 'back at all costs, lashing out at his haters in the media.
In a beef that could tear apart the world of grunty hard rock as we know it, Kroeger has taken some shots at Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.
In a video interview with Metal Covenant (available below), the Kroeg bragged about Nickelback's diverse musical palette (and he's not wrong — Nickelback can do everything from groove metal to soft rock). "I can't think of another band that's as diverse as we are," he said. "I can't. And I don't think that's me talking from pride or ego."
Somewhat foolishly, the interviewer suggested that Corey Taylor's Stone Sour was as diverse as the musical output of Chad and the boys. From there, Kroeger started dropping some backhanded comments. "Yeah, because they're trying to be Nickelback," Kroeger said. "They're okay, but they're not as good as Nickelback. They sound like Nickelback Lite."
Kroeger then recalled the cruel things Taylor had said about Nickelback in the past, including the notion that it's "easy" to write a hit song. "Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one," Kroeger added.
Then he decided to clown on Slipknot, saying, "They had to put on masks and jump around. 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 added that "music shouldn't come with a gimmick," saying that Taylor "got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started Stone Sour."
While you basic Nickelback haters might be tempted to take Taylor's side in this, the greatest music beef of 2017, we'd advise you to listen to Stone Sour's godawful Bad Brains cover before you form any final opinions.