Nickelback are back yet again with their ninth album Feed The Machine. the Canadian rock band have had a long standing within rock music with a generated 50 million worldwide album sales and being ranked by Billboard Magazine as the most successful rock group of the decade, in conjunction with having four of their albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade. Alongside this, they also picked up numerous SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) International Achievement awards, one which was for their hit single How You Remind Me back in 2002.
New album Feed The Machine is a healthy 11 track collection which has a nice mixture of tracks that contain catchy guitar hooks, meaningful and relatable lyrics which can be heard in Home. There are also some that make you want to jump around to in a moshpit – all of which are contrasted by some softer acoustic numbers like The Betrayal – Act 1. For me this creates a nice balance which opens up the potential audience for the album. Even though the album itself is fairly good listening and is complementing of their talents, Nickelback do seem to be on a rinse and repeat cycle. This album could be any of their other albums and the idea of Nickelback has grown a little stale, but that is in no way demeaning of their talents as musicians.
Opening with Feed The Machine, the track heavy distorted guitars showing off thick chugging riffs and powerful lyrics which gives you a small taster of what’s to come. The same can be heard in Coin For The Ferryman which contrasts to the slightly more slow paced tracks on the album such as Song On Fire or After The Rain which definitely help break up the album for the listener, delivering a softer acoustic sound to your ears.