Nickelback are a hard rock band(they are NOT Nu-Metal, Nu-metal is Linkin Park!) from Hanna, Alberta(although most of the band now live in Vancouver). They formed in 1996, the original line up being Chad Kroeger(lead vocals and guitar), Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Peake (guitars and backing vocals), and Brandon Kroeger(drums). This lineup recorded the Curb, but soon after Brandon left as he wanted to spend more time with his family. After numerous session drummers, Nickelback found Ryan Vikedal, who Ryan Peake had known of from high school. This line up recorded the State, which got them noticed by RoadRunner records. The single Leader Of Men was released in the USA. During 2001, the band recorded their break through album, Silver Side Up. This album contained the biggest song of 2002, How You Remind Me. It also contained, Too Bad, Never Again, and Where Do I Hide, all of which enjoyed success in the charts. After 2 year of touring, the band went back int othe studio to record The Long Road. Whislt this album contained some good tracks, the majority of the songs were lacking the memorableness that had made Silver Side Up such a huge album. Some say that How You Remind Me and Someday are the same song. As a musician, I can say they definately are not. Someday has had its key changed, and has also been shortened(I know because I spoke to the person who did it!). The band's latest album is entitled All The Right Reasons, and is a return to form. The riffs are heavy and memorable, and the lighter songs see the introduction of piano and strings. The album also contains a tribute to Dimebag Darrell, entitled Side Of A Bullet, with a sampled solo that Dime's brother, Vinnie Paul, sent Nickelback for the track(Dimebag and Vinnie were friends with Nickelback).
I hope this description is fair, as Nickelback have been given an unfair bashing by some people. If you don't like them, fair enough, but don't slag them off.
Nickelback got their name when Mike, their bassist, was working at Starbucks. A coffee was $1.95, so when people gave him two dollars, he got used to saying, "here's your nickel back". This is how they got their name.