Get Rollin'

Get Rollin'

In the lead-up to the release of Get Rollin’, Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger drew some amount of attention when he declared to numerous media outlets that he wanted the Canadian rock stalwarts to head in a heavier direction—ideally, an album of Slayer covers. While he may not have gotten his way, the band’s tenth album—released five years after their last, Feed the Machine, contains their heaviest songs to date. Continuing their pattern of peppering records with moshpit-friendly staples, on Get Rollin’, tracks like opener and lead single “San Quentin” verge more and more on the side of something resembling hard alt-rock if not outright metal. Between the stomp-along choruses and wailing solos, the band also continues their embrace of a swaggering country-rock sound. The distinctly down-home twang Nickelback have found irresistible since day dot finds its way into the running with the porch ’n dog charm of “Those Days” and “Steel Still Rusts”. Curious stand-out “Vegas Bomb” straddles both sensibilities in addition to revisiting Nickelback’s penchant for drawing strutting sonic pictures of hedonism and excess. It may not be the Slayer cover album Kroeger dreamed of, but Get Rollin’ stands tall as a finely tuned showcase of Nickelback’s reliably approachable and diverse oeuvre.

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