Employing a compelling mix of melodic hooks, punitive breakdowns, and lyrics that parse through the darkness of the human condition in search of some light, Fit for a King are a Christian metalcore unit based out of Tyler, Texas. Following in the sonic footsteps of post-hardcore luminaries like As I Lay Dying and Underoath, the group emerged in the late 2000s and caught fire in the 2010s via the chart-topping studio LPs Slave to Nothing (2014), Deathgrip (2016), and Dark Skies (2018), all of which were released via Solid State Records.
Formed in 2007 and made up of singer Ryan Kirby, guitarists Justin Hamra and Bobby Lynge, bassist Aaron Kadura, and drummer Jared Easterling, the band spent their early years relentlessly hitting the road before self-releasing their debut, Descendants, in 2011. Their hard work eventually paid dividends when the band was picked up by Solid State Recording, who reissued their debut in 2013. With the backing of a label, Fit for a King went into the studio with producer Andreas Magnusson, and began work on their Solid State debut. The fruits of their labor, Creation/Destruction, arrived in 2013, and found favor with both secular and non-secular crowds. The Will Putney-produced Slave to Nothing arrived the following year, and saw the band enter the Top Ten on both the Billboard Christian Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts. Opening with the fiery single "Pissed Off," which was written in the wake of the 2015 Paris attacks at the Bataclan, Deathgrip arrived in 2016 and featured guest spots from August Burns Red's Jake Luhrs and Miss May I's Levi Benton. In June 2018, the band issued a quartet of hard-hitting singles ahead of the release of their fifth studio long player, Dark Skies, which arrived later that September. ~ Gregory Heaney