Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger has told Australia's Wall Of Sound in a new interview that he is a huge metal fan and wouldn't mind if his band made a full-on metal album one day.

Kroeger explained, "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 . . . 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."

Kroeger added that Nickelback's music is "definitely not" necessarily a reflection of what he and his bandmates listen to, saying, "I listen to bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb Of God…The freedom of expression is extraordinary, and really inspirational. There are no boundaries, and that's the kind of music I like."

Nickelback's latest album, 2017's Feed The Machine, was a heavier than usual effort for the Canadian act, a fact that frontman Chad Kroeger acknowledged a while back: "There are some heavy songs on there. But like all the Nickelback records, there's only so much of that one thing that we can do before we kind of go, 'Okay, well, I'm kind of bored of that, let's try something else.' Because that's what satisfies us as creators. If you're going to just continue to create the same thing, well, it becomes lackluster after a while."

Nickelback has been continuing to tour in support of Feed The Machine, with the group heading to Australia later this month.

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