NICKELBACK (1996–PRESENT). Chad Kroeger (vocals/guitar), Ryan Peake (guitar), Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Vikedal (drums).
While not a heavy metal band, per se, Canada’s Nickelback are one of the most successful post-grunge heavy rock bands, drawing upon grunge and metal traditions in the formulation of their highly successful commercial brand of heavy rock. With their origins as a cover band, Nickelback are a self-made success story, having independently managed themselves and released their initial albums before being “discovered” by Roadrunner Records in 1998.
The band’s first recordings, Hesher (an EP) and the full-length Curb in 1996, and The State in 2000 were released independently. With the single “Leader of Men” receiving airplay in their native Canada, they began to tour heavily and to build a solid fan base. Signed to Roadrunner in the U.S. and EMI in Canada, The State was re-released and became the band’s first gold record.
The band’s next album, Silver Side Up, went to number 1 in both Canada and the U.S. on the strength of the single “How You Remind Me,” making the band stars in both countries. Nickelback replicated its success in 2003 with The Long Road, which would go platinum five times over. 2005 saw the release of another hit, All the Right Reasons, on which Vikedal was replaced by ex-3 Doors Down drummer Daniel Adair.
Discography: Curb (Roadrunner, 1996); The State (Roadrunner, 2000); Silver Side Up (RoadRunner, 2001); The Long Road (Roadrunner, 2003); All the Right Reasons (Roadrunner, 2005); Three Sided Coin (Roadrunner International, 2002); Silver Side Up/Live at Home (Roadrunner, 2005); Dark Horse (Roadrunner/Atlantic, 2008),