In an interview with Sweden’s Metal Covenant on May 27 in Stockholm, NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger said that STONE SOUR sounds like NICKELBACK Lite and has challenged Corey Taylor to “write a hit song.”

As he was discussing NICKELBACK‘s musical versatility, Kroeger told the site (see video below): “I can’t think of another band that’s as diverse as we are. I can’t. And I don’t think that’s me talking from pride or ego. I mean, you’re sitting across the table. You know what you’re talking about.” He then asked the journalist to name another band that covers such a wide musical palette as NICKELBACK.

The the interviewed mentioned the STONE SOUR as a band that is also “very diverse,” to which Chad replied: “Yeah, ’cause they’re trying to be NICKELBACK.” Then he directed his comments to STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor: “Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They’re okay. But they’re not as good as NICKELBACK. They sound like ‘NICKELBACK Lite.'”

Kroeger went on to point out that NICKELBACK and Taylor‘s other band, SLIPKNOT, launched their respective careers while signed to the same label (Roadrunner Records): “They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you’ve gotta beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night…? I mean, music shouldn’t come with a gimmick; music should just be music. None of my favorite music comes with a gimmick. And he got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started STONE SOUR.”

You can watch the interview below.