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Album review: Fit For A King – The Path

The band were right to be excited by this album – while there are a few songs that aren’t obsession-worthy, the majority are brilliant

Fit For a King already have five brilliant albums under their belt, but they are excited for the world to hear their sixth, The Path, which is due for release on September 18. Speaking to Grater earlier this month, lead vocalist Ryan Kirby said it is one of the band’s more positive albums and is partly inspired by the sounds of big metalcore bands like Parkway Drive and As I Lay Dying. Let’s take a look and see if the band were right to be excited about this release.

“The Face of Hate” starts the album with a creepy, industrial introduction which leads into intense instrumentation. The song sets the hectic pace that will be familiar by the end of the album and introduces Kirby’s brutal screams. With no time to rest, “Breaking the Mirror” gets straight into technical guitars from Daniel Gailey and relentless drumming from Jared Easterling. This song is an early highlight with a catchy chorus that showcases Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary’s clean vocals and an epic old school metal sounding guitar solo.

If listeners are ready for a rest after the wildness of the first two songs, they don’t get it from “Annihilation”. This song is yet another excellent metal song with an old church bell throughout. It is super-fast and will be a crowd favourite to sing along to when it can finally be played live.

Most of the songs on the album are highlights, but the next three “The Path”, “Prophet” and “Locked (In My Head)” will be fan favourites straight away. “The Path” is such a great song! It slows things down with a sexy, chugging beat and offers the most Parkway Drive-type feel of the album. The band say the title song is “the sound of victory, championing perseverance over divisiveness, boundless optimism over anxiety and depression” and it gets this message across well. This song is a favourite, but one small criticism is that it sounds like it could have come straight from a Parkway Drive album. It feels like it lacks a bit of Fit For a King flavour.

“Prophet” starts quieter with haunting vocals and warm guitars but switches back to intense and brutal pretty quickly. Throughout the song, it switches and contrasts in sound several times.  The listener can feel the song is full of pain which is fitting as it is about the loss of a friend to suicide and asking God why he let them be filled with so much pain. This album is full of songs with incredible breakdowns, and this is one prime example. This breakdown is more metalcore (and perhaps more classically Fit For a King), but they are all so good!  “Locked (In My Head)” is your classic heavy rock song – it is melodic and a bit lighter than the rest, so it gives a nice breather. The vocals and drumming in this song stand out so much.

“God of Fire” is also worth a mention, as is “Louder Voice”. “God of Fire” is gritty, industrial and electronic. It is brutal from start to finish and will have crowds throwing down. “Louder Voice” is another more metalcore sounding song. This song has all of the great elements the other songs do – it’s heavy in parts, melodic and uplifting in others, the chorus is goosebump-inducing, and the guitar solo is one of the best on the whole album.

The band had every reason to be excited about this album; there are a couple of songs that are good but not obsession-worthy, but the majority are incredible. As with all Fit For a King’s releases, the album is heavy on religious subject matter which fans would be used to. For the non-religious and new fans, it may seem a lot at times, but it makes for a mostly positive and uplifting body of work. This album is worth many listens and will be incredible to see when it can finally be played live. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

FFO: Parkway Drive, Northlane, As I Lay Dying

The Path is out September 18 via Solid State Records

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