"We wanted to write songs that felt like they belonged in stadiums with pyro, not just clubs..." - Metallers Fit For A King talk us through new album The Path
Texan metallers Fit For A King have made their name on fiery, impassioned metal, delivered with a passion and a fury.
Their new album, The Path, is no exception. It's a bruising, uncompromising record and will be catnip to the band's ever-expanding fanbase.
With the album now on hmv's shelves, we spoke frontman Ryan Kirby about how this album came together...
How did you want this album to move on from what you did on Dark Skies?
"We wanted to keep the growth of the band moving upward. We wanted to write songs that felt like they belonged in stadiums with pyro, not just clubs."
You did the album with Drew Fulk, who also produced Dark Skies, why did you decide to stick with him for this record?
"Our comfort level with Drew is a 100 out of 100, he is like a member of the band when we are there with him, he also isn’t scared to tell us when things are bad, which is huge for us. He became a sixth member of the band and offered a strong outside opinion."
This is your first album without your guitarist Bobby Lynge in the band and Daniel Gailey on guitars, did that change the way songs were put together?
"Bobby is still as involved with writing as he always has been, he just is no longer a touring member of the band, so it was still the same workload as last time, but with Daniel used to spice up parts throughout the record."
You've got Ryo Kinoshita from Crystal Lake on 'God of Fire', how did that collaboration come about?
"It’s a pretty straightforward answer. He is one of my favourite vocalists, and one of my favourite people, and we knew they were going to be on our headline tour, so we asked him."
It’s a 10 track record, was that a deliberate approach to keep things lean and mean? Or was that just the number of songs you ended up with?
"It was just the number of songs we ended up thinking were good enough to make it. We could have done 11, 12 or 13 tracks, but there definitely would have been some filler on the album, and we want every track to feel meaningful."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"There is no overarching theme to the album, but there are some consistencies, the most prominent one being positivity, and pushing forward. We want tracks on this album to motivate you to take your life to the next level."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"I would definitely say that 'Louder Voice' took the most work. There are just so many moving parts in that song, three vocalists, six sections, it was a lot to make cohesive."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Breaking the Mirror' was definitely the most organic all the way through. We wrote instruments and vocals to that track in I think under eight hours..."
When did you settle on The Path for the title? Were there any other titles in contention?
"Near the end of the recording process, we settled on the name, and we had some other ideas, which I can't think of right now, that were more elaborate, but we thought The Path was best for how easy it is to remember for fans."
Are you able to make any live plans at the moment? Or are you looking towards 2021?
"Definitely looking towards halfway or late 2021 to make some live plans again."
How have you spent lockdown? Have you kept writing?
"I’ve been doing a lot of streaming on Twitch, which has been fantastic, as well as working on a side project. I also plan on re-launching my YouTube channel soon..."