Written by Alex Stojanovic
Chad Kroeger - Lead vocals & guitars
Ryan Peake - Guitars & backing vocals
Mike Kroeger - Bass
Daniel Adair - Drums
Dave Martone - Guest guitar
Release Date: August 14, 2020
Label: BMG Records
"Oh, if you're a metal website, why in the hell are you reviewing Nickelback?" Because we want to. It's our website, not yours, so we do what we want. You either deal with it, or go cry elsewhere. We don't care if this bothers you.
The boys began teasing something a few days ago, and given that it has been three years since Feed The Machine came out, many people were speculating that it was new music. Now, it's certainly a new recording, but it turned out to be a cover of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". It was a recording they did a few years back, but never released it. However, given that Charlie Daniels recently passed away (R.I.P.), the band thought it was only fitting to pay tribute to the legend, and release the recording. Now, there have been many versions of this song done over the years, but aside from the original, many people know the Guitar Hero 3 version. Other bands that have covered this song include Korn, Betzefer, Primus, Celtic Thunder X and Steve Quimette.
For their version, Nickelback enlisted a special guest for lead guitar duties, and that is Dave Martone, one of Canada's most virtuostic guitarists, and one that drummer Daniel Adair has performed with for years. The plot of the song is the same where the Devil and Johnny face off in a duel, but instead of battling on fiddles, they're battling on guitars, which I thought was a real nice twist. I did find it a little odd that they left out the choruses. Dave Martone unleashes some furiously fast licks on the guitar, and speaking of guitar, the tone is really nice and crunchy.
I will give no apologies for reviewing Nickelback. If you think reviewing and liking Nickelback is going against the metal code, I think going against even the metal code is very metal, because in ignoring both the mainstream and metal code, I'm truly looking to myself and making my own decisions, and that's what metal is all about. By the way, for all of you that hate them, but heard this track and say you hate it to keep your hate for the band going, I know for a fact that you love it, so quit lying. Nickelback are actually thankful that all of you hate them, because it's exactly why they're still around and still successful, so all your bashing is useless. Joke is on you. I know, truth hurts. However, I just hope that the next album is along the lines of Feed The Machine.