January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release.
Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts.
Besides working with Santana, Kroeger also recorded with Travis Tritt on his album The Storm, where Tritt did a cover of Nickelback's "Should've Listened" track from The Long Road.
Kroeger also wrote and played guitar on Bo Bice's You're Everything.
In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal.