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One King Down

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One King Down was an Albany, NY, based metallic hardcore band that played heavy metalcore heavily influenced by such scene contemporaries as Snapcase and Earth Crisis.
The group formed in the mid-’90s, centered around the brotherly team of bassist Bill Scoville and guitarist Mike Scoville, along with guitarist Matt Wood and drummer Derrick Van Wie. With their original singer, they crafted a CD EP for Trainwreck Records, but it was with energetic frontman Rob Fusco, and Equal Vision Records (for whom Bill worked for a number of years), that One King Down really made their mark on the international hardcore punk scene.

The diminutive Fusco’s growl and lyrical espousing of the vegan straight-edge lifestyle (not all of the band’s members were vegans, or even vegetarians, but they were all drug-free) garnered them attention from all over the U.S. and Europe. Coupled with the band’s stop-and-go rhythms and dancefloor-moving heavy groove, Fusco’s vocals were put to tape for the Bloodlust Revenge EP, released by Equal Vision in 1997 and still regarded by most fans as the band’s finest recorded hour.
The group toured with Erie, PA’s Brothers Keeper and other bands, selling several thousand copies of the record at shows and through major independent distribution channels. They also released a split EP with Spirit of Youth through Europe’s Good Life Recordings.
Internal friction caused the ousting of Fusco shortly before the band was to embark on a national tour supporting Earth Crisis and Madball, to be followed by another trek with Hatebreed.

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