During a recent appearance on Breaking the Ice, ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte talked about METALLICA and NICKELBACK, noting that metal giants’ ’90s Load and Reload era sounded pretty similar to the Canadian hard rock act.
Labonte said: “I want to point one thing out about NICKELBACK, that I think a lot of people know but they don’t realize they know it: Nickelback records are METALLICA‘s Load and Reload, sonically.
“If you listen to NICKELBACK records and you listen to METALLICA‘s Load and Reload — almost any of the NICKELBACK songs could go on Load or Reload, and almost any of the songs on Load or Reload could go on a NICKELBACK record.
“Just get James Hetfield to sing the stuff on a NICKELBACK record or vice versa, and you would not know the difference,” he continued. “And that is not a criticism — that is not a criticism.
“I have put a lot of thought into this. Sonically, those records are very, very close,” Labonte added. “The tones that they select, the kick drums, the drum tones… And literally — at the time, at least – they were the pinnacle of audio quality when it comes to production.