Celebrate a Decade of Breakdowns with Nik Nocturnal


As the decade comes to a close, one can reminisce on what the past ten years have given us. YouTube guitarist Nik Nocturnal did just that, with a video featuring him playing the instrumental breakdowns of forty different songs, spanning 2010 to 2019.

There are some obvious classics, such as Architects’ “Gone With The Wind” and Of Mice & Men’s “Still YDG’in”, but some might catch the viewer by surprise, like Pierce the Veil’s “Hell Above” and Bring Me the Horizon’s “Ludens”.

While Nik’s performance of all 40 breakdowns is absolutely spot-on, it’s also a great video to discover some new music with; while I knew of the vast majority of these bands/songs, I now want to listen to Brand of Sacrifice and LOATHE. This video is in must-watch territory for metal fans! What is your favorite breakdown of this decade?

Nik Nocturnal and vocalist Andy Cizek (WVNDER, Makari) team up on new project, Termina

Popular Youtuber Nik Nocturnal, whose 100k+ subscribers eagerly await when the guitarist covers a brand new song shortly after it drops, has announced a new project by the name of Termina. The lead singer is none other than Makari // WVNDER vocalist Andy Cizek, whose voice goes up like an angel and down like a wounded ox. The new song certainly leans toward more of a progressive/tech metal vibe – fans of Northlane, Volumes, and groove-centric metal will likely dig this.

Termina’s first single, “Lucid”, is available to stream below. Impressively, the track showcases Cizek’s diverse vocal range, As part of a rollout for the rest of 2019, Termina will be dropping new music, so don’t miss out! Here’s the real question – will Nik Nocturnal cover his own song? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Listen to a METAL version of Bring Me The Horizon’s new single, “Medicine”

Reception to the newest Bring Me The Horizon single, “Medicine”, has been decidedly mixed. While older fans of the band are shocked the band (who used to play borderline deathcore/grindcore) now write full-blown pop songs, it’s another track destined for the top of the charts. It begs the question, though – what if the track was morphed into a metal version – possibly a throwback to their Sempiternal days?

Youtube guitarist extraordinare Nik Nocturnal and Makari // WVNDER vocalist Andy Cizek recently teamed up on a new take on “Medicine”. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty shocking how well it works, and while it’s not like Bring Me The Horizon have abandoned rock completely (see: “Mantra”, “Wonderful Life”), it’s a throwback of sorts to the fans that really got into the band around the Sempiternal album cycle. After all, it’s still an album that countless rock and metal bands draw inspiration from.

Follow Andy on Youtube here, and Nik Nocturnal on Youtube at THIS location.

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This cover of Deftones’ “Diamond Eyes” will blow your mind

Covering an iconic band like Deftones is, in a word, difficult. We’re talking a band that’s supremely influential in the pantheon of alternative metal and rock in the last 20+ years, with especially their records Around The Fur and White Pony being cited as cornerstones, and key influences on many modern bands.

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