Artists Andrew Lipovsky, a fourth
year Visual Media major on lead vocals.
Chad “Cokie” Lipovsky on drums. Casy
Diaz on bass. Cory Diaz on rhythm
guitar. Kyle Grimm on lead guitar.
“The streets will fill /
With the blood of the non-believers /
So on your knees, bitch!”
These were some of the lyrics that may
have graced your eardrums from the song
“Death Threats,” at an Another One Down
(AOD) concert recently. One of Rochester’s
metalcore bands, their recent breakup has
been taken rather harshly by many of the
band’s MySpace fans. Now, four of the band’s
original members have come together to
form a new band (whose name still remains
to be determined) with a different style
and musical approach. The band will also
feature a new lead guitarist, Grimm.
Another One Down: Death Threats of My Day Dreams
Andrew and Chad asked Casy and Cory to
join AOD in an attempt to add more energy
to their stage presence after watching their
lively performances. Before the separation
of AOD, the four had played over a hundred
shows in the Northeast, sharing the stage with
bands ranging from Unearth to Teddy Geiger.
Except for Andrew, the other members
of the new project are currently enrolled
at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC).
There, Grimm and the Diaz brothers
study music recording, which Andrew
considers one of the band’s key attributes.
By incorporating different musical
influences, the group hopes to set themselves
apart from other local metal bands.
Andrew, who personally dislikes the term
“metalcore,” describes the band’s old style
as a step behind what they are trying to
accomplish in the metal genre. The new band
will bring with it a more melodic and brutal
approach that will separate it from AOD’s
lack of pace and intensity. “We’re trying to
pick up the pace and become more involved
in the writing process to get higher quality
riffs and higher quality melodies going.”
Rather than practicing on a regular basis,
they will build songs in steps — Cory and
Grimm will develop and write the songs for
guitar and then approach Chad to hammer
out a drum part. As a final step, they will work
in the lyrics that both Andrew and Cory will
develop together. This new process is hoped
to bring about a more productive result.
In the end, Andrew hopes the band’s new
sound to be similar to bands like August
Burns Red, Misery Signals, or Protest The
Hero — all of which are among his favorites.
Though he would like for the band to
develop into a potential career path,
Andrew remains focused on his schoolwork
and his interest in photography.
“I’m treating photography [more like] a career
right now. But if it gets to that point, I would
definitely be okay if we could start touring
and [have] photography as the backup,” stated
Andrew. “But it has to get to that point first.
Being able to afford a van just through band
money...that’s an accomplishment.”