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Posted on October 8, 2008

Multi platinum rockers NICKELBACK have revealed the artwork for their upcoming album DARK HORSE which is due for a release on the 17TH NOVEMBER.

Work on Dark Horse began in March, when the band traveled to the home of album producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange (AC/DZ, Def Leppard) in Switzerland to begin going over song ideas. The tunes came from a variety of directions; for instance the dynamically swelling “If Today Was Your Last Day,” had been around for awhile but hadn’t been finished. “Chad brought it out of the vault and the creative juices started to flow,” Mike Kroeger notes. Then there’s “This Afternoon,” whose acoustic, rootsy flavor, along with some downright country-style guitar licks represent a refreshing departure from the Nickelback norm. “It’s a big-time part of our background,” Mike Kroeger notes, “that whole laid-back, barroom kind of feel. Where we grew up everybody listened to country. I would say that song’s our ‘Friends In Low Places,’ y’know?”

Dark Horse’s other songs — recorded during the summer at Chad Kroeger’s converted barn studio in Vancouver — traverse a wide terrain, from the arcing melodic ebb and flow of the first single, “Gotta Be Somebody” and the metallic groove of “Burn It To The Ground” to the heavy riffery of “Something In Your Mouth” and “The Next Go Round” and the inspiring balladry of “You’ll Never Be Alone” and “I’d Come For You.” “We’re a rock band,” Peake says. “We like to get heavy and we do like to write stuff that’s melodic and maybe a little more mellow. It’s nice to have both, and it’s nice to have both accepted by the fans. There are some bands that can only put out one kind of thing, but our fans are pretty open so we don’t get stuck in one place.”

“I honestly think that with every song you release you have to keep winning your own fans over again,” Chad Kroeger explains. “I want every single song to be amazing. That’s what I want to hear, so that’s what we have to try to provide to our fans.”

First single GOTTA BE SOMEBODY will be released on the 10TH NOVEMBER, and will be available to stream from ROADRUNNERRECORDS.CO.UK from WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8TH.


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