Following up their 2011 release, Fit For A King has recently released CREATION / DESTRUCTION on Solid State Records. You can expect bouncier riffs, heavier breakdowns, and diverse choruses; but, is this a step up from “Descendants“? I would say absolutely. You will notice a difference in clean vocals, as the responsibilities of this album has been given to Aaron Kadura (bass) as opposed to their debut. FFAK believes that Kadura’s voice better fits their sound (however I grew quite fond of Easterling’s cleans on “Descendants”). Still, Ryan Kirby (vocals) and Kadura push FFAK’s vocal boundaries to keep the songs exciting. While a majority of the songs follow a sometimes predictable formula, (bouncy verse catchy chorus breakdown) the listener may be shocked on tracks like “Broken Fame” and “Skin and Bones”. These two tracks showcase Kadura’s diverse vocal styles, and keep this album enticing for the listener. Kirby adds a range of screams this time around that gives this release a lot of passion. His menacing growls at times remind me of Brook Reeves (Impending Doom) and the raw screaming in “The Lioness” is much like Landon Tewers’ (The Plot In You). Lyrically, this album closely follows the same themes from their first album. “CREATION / DESTRUCTION” touches on the Christian struggle in modern America, and a deep-rooted conviction for past mistakes. This echoes in the lines,
“Is there a life beyond the grave and will I make the same mistakes day after day?”
– Skin and Bones
“I can’t stand another day in my head… It’s wearing me thin
Why can’t I just follow you?
Oh God, it’s taking over me
This is a takeover.
My eyes have learned to lust and
my mind was molded to betray you”
– Bitter End
Overall, this album is a must have. I’ve seen these guys grow on social networking sites, and the hype is not unnoticed. FFAK found out after a week of sales “CREATION/DESTRUCTION” sold more copies than any other Solid State band has on a debut. That’s insane! This band is worth a listen, and their new album showcases who Fit For A King really is.
The songs mesh seamlessly and this album proves to be a “standout” of 2013.
Standout tracks: “Bitter End”, “The Resistance”, “The Lioness”, “Hollow King (Sound of the End)”