Nik Nocturnal: “A lot of what makes a song heavy isn’t the riff – the mix, I’d argue, makes something heavier than the riff itself”

Nik Nocturnal
(Image credit: Nik Nocturnal)

From YouTube to TikTok to Twitch, hundreds of thousands of metal fans turn to Nik Nocturnal’s various social media channels to gauge the prolific content creator’s zanily overwhelmed reactions to the latest singles from Polyphia, Spiritbox, Lorna Shore and more. 

Similar to reaction video culture, writ large, Nocturnal lights up with eyes-agog at the techiest riffs; he furrows his brow deeply to give an appreciative stank face to the heaviest of metalcore breakdowns; he’ll jump out of his seat, if caught off-guard by a sick transition. He truly loves the world of modern metal, and with tons of subscribers tuning in (nearly 700,000 on YouTube alone), it seems like there’ll be plenty more mean-muggin’ to come.

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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.