Nick Hipa

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Nick Hipa
Wovenwar - Nick Hipa – Elbriot 2014 01.jpg
Nick Hipa performing with Wovenwar in 2014
Background information
Birth name Samuel Nicholas Hipa
Born (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 34)
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitars
Years active 1996–present
Labels Metal Blade
Associated acts
Website Nick Hipa on Facebook

Nick Hipa, born Samuel Nicholas Hipa (born November 30, 1982) is an American heavy metal guitarist. He has performed with several notable acts, including As I Lay Dying and Wovenwar. Hipa was featured on Billy on the Street.[3][4]


Hipa started his musical career with the band Evelynn.[1][2] The band was signed to Pluto Records. In 2001, Evelynn toured with As I Lay Dying.[2][5] As Evelynn started to disperse, Hipa joined As I Lay Dying in 2004.[5][6]

As I Lay Dying ran its course with the same lineup since 2007, up until Tim Lambesis' arrest, when Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Josh Gilbert departed from the band. Alongside AILD drummer Jordan Mancino and Oh, Sleeper and Hipa's former band-mate, Shane Blay, the group of friends formed Wovenwar.[1]

In a more recent interview, Mancino stated that AILD is still technically five members, himself, Lambesis, Hipa, Gilbert, and Sgrosso.[7] Hipa performed lead guitars for Wovenwar, appearing on both Wovenwar (2014) and Honor Is Dead (2016) to date. In 2017, Lambesis reformed As I Lay Dying, with all new members, stating that none of the previous members, Hipa included, would return.[8][9]

Involvement in controversy[edit]

Lambesis, after his arrest, said negative things about the rest of the band, Hipa included.[10][11][12][13] Hipa responded to these statements calling them slanderous.[10][11][12][13][14][15] In November of 2016, Hipa stated that Lambesis was, at the time, still of the same mind and that the relationship between the two remained damaged.[16][17]


Hipa was raised with Christian values.[18][19] Over time, Hipa started to exhibit some skepticism, though only on a lower scale, never disclaiming the religion as a whole.[19]


Nick Hipa performing with As I Lay Dying.




As I Lay Dying


Guest performances



  1. ^ a b c Simula, Collin (August 13, 2014). "Wovenwar". HM Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Lewandowski, Nao (November 2, 2016). "The Gray Area". HM Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ DiVita, Joe (February 18, 2016). "Nick Hipa Makes Surprise Appearance on 'Billy on the Street'". Loudwire. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Zach (February 18, 2016). "Nick Hipa (Wovenwar/ex-As I Lay Dying) appears on 'Billy on the Street'". Metal Insider. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "WOVENWAR Interview with Nick Hipa and Shane Blay - Ryan's Rock Show". Ryan's Rock Show. February 26, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ King, Kat (August 7, 2012). "Interview with Nick Hipa of As I Lay Dying". Seymour Duncan. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ Chuck & Godless (October 17, 2016). "Jordan Mancino of Wovenwar on the MetalSucks Podcast #167". MetalSucks. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Report: Tim Lambesis Working On New AS I LAY DYING Record With New Band Members - Metal Injection". September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Stagg, David (September 4, 2017). "Tim Lambesis planning to resurrect As I Lay Dying". HM Magazine. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Pasbani, Robert (June 17, 2014). "Former AS I LAY DYING Guitarist Nick Hipa Says Tim Lambesis Was "Publicly Trying To Discredit Us"". Metal Injection. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Crane, Matt (May 19, 2014). "As I Lay Dying's Nick Hipa responds to Tim Lambesis". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Blair, Leonardo (June 18, 2014). "As I Lay Dying's Ex-Guitarist Nick Hipa Says Convicted Lead Singer Tim Lambesis Is a "Sociopathic Narcissist" Who Deserves Prison". Christian Post. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "AILD guitarist accuses Tim Lambesis of slander". Lambgoat. May 19, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ xFiruath (June 23, 2014). "Nick Hipa Discusses Tim Lambesis and New Band". Metal Underground. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Nick Hipa (Wovenwar, As I Lay Dying) Says Tim Lambesis' Crime "Wasn't Completely Out Of Character"". MetalSucks. June 20, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ Titus, Christa (October 18, 2016). "Wovenwar;s Nick Hipa on New Album Honor Is Dead". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  17. ^ Munro, Scott (October 18, 2016). "As I Lay Dying ex Hipa: Tim Lambesis hasn't changed". Metal Hammer. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ "As I Lay Dying — This Is Who I Am". Metal Blade Records. April 14, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b "The MetalSucks Podcast #56: Special Guest Nick Hipa (Wovenwar, Ex-As I Lay Dying)". MetalSucks. June 23, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ DeLong, Ty (November 8, 2016). "Destroy the Runner to release EP with original members". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 

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