Fit for a King
Dark Skies


4.5
superb

Review

by tyman128 USER (28 Reviews)
September 14th, 2018 | 144 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shattering Glass into Oblivion

When a metalcore band’s fifth album rolls around, one can only assume that all creativity has fizzled and the heaviness has lost its grit. However, that is not the case here. Fit For a King’s Dark Skies shows the band at their most creative, their heaviest, and their most melodic moments of their entire career. Taking the unique attributes of their previous releases, Fit For a King’s fifth effort improves upon their already great sound, creating an album of both innovation of their style and nostalgia of their past. In every way, this album is an absolute step forward for the band, utilizing each aspect of their music to the max. Mixing earth-shaking heaviness with soaring melodies, Dark Skies is full of juxtaposition of almost hopeful happiness against brutal darkness.

Continuing with the brutality of Deathgrip, Bobby Lynge creates intense chugging grooves mixed with Slave to Nothing-esque riffing (i.e. Hooked) supported by Tuck’s bass lines following suit. As always, the breakdowns are beyond heavy, including some of their fiercest to date scattered throughout “Tower of Pain” and “Shattered Glass.” What truly tops off the heaviness of the album (musically speaking) is Jared Easterling’s impressive drum performance. Although the drumming can fall into the predictable metalcore methods, the sheer speed and intensity, with hints of snare bombs and blast beats, of said drumming only enhances the already furious attacks of heaviness throughout the album. Tying together each and every instrument is the vocal tag team of Ryan and Tuck. Following their previous record, both Ryan and Tuck share responsibility of vocals, with Ryan being the obvious superiority in harsh vocals. With obvious improvements of high screams and polishing on the low growls, Dark Skies shows some of the band’s best vocals. Yet, despite the prevalent heaviness of the metalcore band, it’s not the only blatant stand out on the record.

In spite of the fact that this is probably the band’s heaviest album to date, it also happens to be their most melodic yet. In songs like “Price of Agony” and “Oblivion,” the choruses are filled with harmonies of melodic guitar rhythms and simple, driving drum beats hinted with electronic tinge to give an almost atmospheric feel. Accompanying the melodic sound is a surprising improvement of clean vocals. From what it sounds like, Ryan takes over the chorus cleans amazingly well, along with Tuck as support, showing once again how this album shows the band’s absolute dominance in its vocal performance this time around. With soaring vocals gliding through the melodies of the guitar, Dark Skies definitely has its fair share of melodic moments.

Heavy" Check. Melodic" Check. But what about creativity" Although some of the creativity isn’t obvious, the subtleties of the band’s creativity are found throughout the album. Most of the songs contain a guitar melody of either a solo or note picking that enhances the performance with the creative mesh of the heavy, chugging guitar mixed with the eerie, ever-present strings in the background. Along with this, some of the band’s best solos make an appearance including a borderline shred in “Anthem of the Dead.” Following the creativity of Bobby, Jared’s grooves on drums are actually quite creative at times. Despite being a metalcore drummer, Jared takes influence from other genres such as thrash, punk-esque, and even just straight-up metal, creating beats of speed and diversity, which is often lacking in the genre.

Combining all of these elements of heaviness, creativity, and melody, the result is Dark Skies, an album of sheer improvement for the band in their already stunning career. Much like I felt with Deathgrip, I’m not sure how Fit For a King can top this album. There is definitely room for improvement (as suggested by my rating), but for now, we get to appreciate an album worthy of head-banging and singing along to at the top of your lungs at the same time.



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tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The band has been on a constant uphill climb to success, and this is no exception. The momentum of their improvement is amazing. Anyway, my personal favorites from the album that you should check out are Anthem of the Defeated, Shattered Glass, and Backbreaker.

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sempiturtle
September 14th 2018


1502 Comments


4.2 wtf really? gotta check this

nononsense
September 14th 2018


3510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first comment in 2 years! Glad to be back.



"Following their previous record, both Ryan and Tuck share responsibility of harsh vocals, with Ryan being the obvious superiority."



I think you meant clean vocals. Tuck doesn't scream.

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welcome back!

Man, I thought there were some moments on here that didn’t sound like, Ryan and assumed it was Tuck, my bad

Fixed, thank you

Beardog
September 14th 2018


2144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great record, I see myself coming back to this. Not sure If I like it as much as Deathgrip, since I felt like that record was way more of a change of styles for them. This does feel like a combination of Slave to Nothing and Deathgrip, but executed just a tad bit better. I'm curious to see what I think of this when I spin it more

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s definitely a grower, I’ve probably spun it around fifteen times now because I listened to the leak a lot haha. Anyway, it continued to get better the more I analyzed it, definitely a record worth repeating.

igordrago
September 14th 2018


47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is average at best , it sounds like everything else they have done witch is adequate but nothing special. Calling this a 4.5 is laughable. Fun band to listen to but that's it.

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To me personally, I just thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve always loved this band so, sure, I’m a bit biased, but I still think it’s above average at least.

Also, is there anything wrong with my review for the neg?

Beardog
September 14th 2018


2144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, he's just salty

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thought so, just wanna see if he has anything to say

brettgoespunk
September 14th 2018


249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You don't deserve that neg. Definitely not a very in depth review, but there's nothing that terribly wrong with it. Good stuff. That first sentence is sadly too true. Keep going with this man. Don't be discouraged by assholes. It is sometimes hard to make a good name for yourself while positively reviewing metalcore, take it from me. Spent a good year as a meme on this site.

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tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the support brett

not much of an in depth reviewer, just try to get the point across effectively at best. Metal core is definitely hard to positively review here at times haha

doc23
September 14th 2018


22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review man POS . I will say that it is standard fare for Fit though. I was hoping for more especially after Tower of pain so it was a bit of a letdown but I'm enjoying overall.

Evrimen
September 14th 2018


110 Comments


"it sounds like everything else they have done witch is adequate but nothing special"

Lol, funny considering this is coming from a guy who 5'd Arbiter.

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igordrago
September 14th 2018


47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't neg you , review was fine

igordrago
September 14th 2018


47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Arbiter is far better then this musically and lyrically. Hopesfall are legends FFAK are not .

Evrimen
September 14th 2018


110 Comments


I absolutely adore Arbiter but it's nowhere near the game changer of the metalcore scene as the sputcore guys are making it out to be. They have a certain sound, just like FFAK and that is nothing to be ashamed of. I'd say they have enough new songwriting techniques going on here.

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry igor, I just assumed it was you

agreed Evrimen

igordrago
September 14th 2018


47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Its understandable I would of assumed me too haha. Review was concise and to the point I appreciate that.

tyman128
September 14th 2018


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks igor



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