I’d Love to Do a Slayer Cover Album “Metal is what makes me go, it’s what I listen to without fail,” the bassist says.
During a conversation with Wall of Sound, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger discussed his personal music taste and fondness of the metal genre.
You can check out a part of the interview below.
Would you consider doing a much heavier record with metal tones, or do you not want to alienate your mainstream fanbase?
“I would love to. Metal is what makes me go, it’s what I listen to without fail. 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.”
You can check out Nickelback covering Metallica live in concert in the embedded player below.
I know that Ryan [Peake, guitar] is a particularly massive fan of Megadeth and Metallica, but he’s also said in previous interviews that the music you create isn’t necessarily a reflection of what you listen to. That’s so accurate based on your albums.
“Yeah, it’s definitely not. I listen to bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God… and we became friends with those guys.
“Daniel [Adair, drums] and I nerd out on stuff they do, and as musicians, we love to listen to it. Have you ever listened to Animals as Leaders?”
I’ve seen them live and they’re fantastic!
“I’ve never seen them play live, I’ve only seen what I can dig up on YouTube, and their newest record ‘The Madness of Many’  is so heavy. I just cannot believe how sick it is, I love it.”
It’s ridiculous how good they are at their instruments.
“The freedom of expression is extraordinary and really inspirational. There are no boundaries, and that’s the kind of music I like.”
During the rest of the interview, Mike discussed Nickelback’s latest album, 2017’s “Feed the Machine.” You can check out the conversation below.
What I love about the album is that concepts of ‘the machine’ are timeless, because it means such different things to different people. For you personally, what does ‘feed the machine’ mean?
“‘Feed the machine’ actually means different things for everybody in this band, as a matter of fact, which is really interesting. I’ve done interviews by myself usually but also with other people, and we would be asked as a group, ‘What does ‘feed the machine’ mean?’. I would always want to hear what the others had to say. The reports are all over the board.
“For me personally, ‘the machine’ is the establishment that we give our freedom up for. I believe in the philosophy that you can’t take someone’s freedom, they have to give it to you. We give our freedoms up to… what? Why are we doing the things we’re doing, because we don’t even know where our freedoms are going?
“I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that people who give up their freedom for safety deserve neither. I agree with that, but you don’t really know what you’re giving it up to.
“You’re giving your will up to the mass group, and that’s what ‘feed the machine’ means to me. I see it around the world.”
From that perspective, it would take a lot of dismantling of the cogs from different parties, whether it’s from higher up, middle level or grassroots. I think music is a big part of disentangling that.
“The idea of protest music is something that’s not really a thing anymore. In the ’60s, everything was protest music and it was wonderful. We just don’t do that anymore, and I think that comes from a feeling of powerlessness. This thing that’s taking control of all facets of our lives is at such a glacial, gradual pace.
“When you look at the very idea of privacy… There is none. Privacy in the technical world is a thing of the past. If you walk through a place and say ‘Hey Siri,’ and your phone wakes up saying ‘What can I do for you?’ – it’s listening the rest of the time too. It’s not just selectively hearing, but responding.”
It’s great to discuss the fact that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to ‘the machine.’ I’d love to get the other guys’ thoughts on what it means to them.
“I’ve just asked friends of mine, ‘What does that mean to you?’, and everyone absolutely has a different perspective.”