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Album Review

Chad Kroeger signed Theory of a Deadman to his label, co-produced the album, and co-wrote six of the ten songs. So it's not a huge surprise that Theory of a Deadman sounds a lot like Kroeger's band, Nickelback. This album does have its strengths — for example, the songs tend to be concise (although "The Last Song" could be a minute shorter) with relatively strong hooks — but anyone who dislikes Nickelback or wants a band with a distinctly original sound is advised to look elsewhere. In fairness, Theory of a Deadman probably has other influences; lead vocalist Tyler Connelly sounds like he's listened to a lot of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, and the band's guitar-driven post-grunge sound seems to have been influenced by groups such as Led Zeppelin and Nirvana. In any case, this is a solidly crafted but fairly conventional album. It lacks that extra spark of creativity, spontaneity, or passion that might compensate for the band's safe, conservative approach to music. [A clean version was also released, edited for content.]

Customer Reviews

Not bad at all!!!

OK, so i had to comment because the only other comment is ridiculous. This CD came out before Shinedown was even formed and waay before 3DG made it mainstream. Just sayin. Give it a listen!


I bought this original album when it came out in 2002 and thought it was the greatest thing ever. This is a 'mature' band, none of this "I hate my mom and my dad and my girlfriend and the world" crap that we hear from 3DG now. Granted, every band has their "I hate the world" moments, but this is adult music. BUY this. The whole thing is great and even the extra songs are legit.


solid album, bought it back in 2002 when it first came out. (that was about a year before shinedown or three days grace put out there debut album)


Formed: Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vancouver, Canada's Theory of a Deadman became the first act to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's 604 Records imprint in 2001. Tyler Connolly (vocals/guitar) reportedly slipped a copy of the band's demo to Kroeger at a post-concert party and the two were soon collaborating on songs together. One of these, "Invisible Man," was used as the B-side for 2002's wildly successful Spider-Man theme "Hero" (a Kroeger collaboration with Saliva singer Josey Scott), and anticipated Theory of a Deadman's...
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Theory of a Deadman (Special Edition), Theory of a Deadman
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative
  • Released: Sep 09, 2002
  • Parental Advisory

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