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Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman

When you’ve got Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) fighting your corner and a guitarist who contributed to the hit single ‘Hero’from the Spiderman soundtrack you could hazard a guess and say that superstardom is just a breath away. Inevitably the C.V will increase dramatically in length, as this album becomes the debut release for Kroeger's newly conceived label 604 records. Pitching their wares somewhere between Nickelback and Soundgarden, Theory of a Deadman have enough Seattle angst and melodic tendencies to capitalise on the current music climate. ‘Invisible Man’-the b-side to ‘Hero’- with its huge down tuned riffs will keep the modernists happy whilst the Nickelback-like harmonies fly the flag for melody. Similarly on the semi ballad ‘Make Up Your Mind’ or ‘Point To Prove’- a mid-paced cousin to Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’- the band display enough melodic panache to smooth over the rough edges that otherwise may offer a barrier to commercial success. ‘What You Deserve’ and ‘Any Other Way’ are perhaps the closest that Theory Of A Deadman get to pure Nickelback whilst ‘Say I’m Sorry’ is a commendable hybrid of modern day Harem Scarem and Seattle afterglow. Roadrunner must be counting their lucky stars after the runaway success of Nickelback's ‘Silver Side Up’ and historically protégées of Chad Kroeger have not been without success, with Default being the most celebrated to date. From this view point Roadrunner look to have another hit on their hands...Kroeger it seems really is a hero.


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