Theory of a Deadman
Label: Roadrunner Records
Initially signed to Chad Kroeger's 604 Records, Theory of a Deadman are a lot like Nickelback in how they outfit post-grunge with AOR grandeur and all manner of arena-savvy readymades. Actually, on their self-titled debut, they manage to rock quite a bit harder than Kroeger and company. This can be credited in large part to the bluesy wallop underpinning "Nothing Could Come Between Us," "Leg to Stand On" and "Any Other Way." But it also has to do with the fact that the group sounds more well versed in classic rock tropes -- they come off like grunge dudes way into Bad Company and Montrose.