“In the beginning, I would just rip Tom Morello… Then I realized I could maneuver notes, harmonics and chords. I can do some weird stuff with the Whammy”: How Nick DePirro became one of instrumental metal’s most technically adventurous players

Night Verses' Nick DePirro performs live
(Image credit: Ekaterina Gorbacheva)

Despite featuring a song titled Arrival, prog-strumental trio Night Verses’ new album Every Sound Has A Color In The Valley Of Night: Part 1 more accurately marks a beast-mode reintroduction to venerated guitarist Nick DePirro.

Sure, the Fullerton, California riffer has dropped a handful of effects-warped, tap-dexterous solo singles throughout 2023, and he also has upcoming plans with his heavier-edged Head Cave project, but Night Verses’ new album is the first from the long-running trio in five years.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.