Fit for a King (band)

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Fit for a King
Fit for a King performing on Warped Tour 2015 in Mesa, Arizona
Fit for a King performing on Warped Tour 2015 in Mesa, Arizona
Background information
OriginTyler, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Years active2007–present[3][4]
LabelsSolid State
Websitefitforakingband.com
MembersJared Easterling
Ryan Kirby
Ryan "Tuck" O'Leary
Daniel Gailey
Bobby Lynge
Past membersAaron Decur
Justin Hamra
Aaron "Olan" Kadura
Mason Wilson
Jared McFerron
Alex Danforth
Jed McNeill
Justin Juno

Fit for a King, also known as FFAK, is an American[5] metalcore band from Tyler, Texas. They released two independent EPs in 2008 entitled Fit for a King and 2009's Awaken the Vesper and they released one independent album, Descendants, in 2011. Then, the band released four studio albums with their label Solid State Records: Creation/Destruction (2013),[4] Slave to Nothing (2014), Deathgrip (2016) and Dark Skies (2018).

History[edit]

Independent days (2007-2012)[edit]

Fit for a King was started in Tyler, Texas in 2007 by Jared Easterling, Aaron Decur, Justin Juno, Jared McFerron, Alex Danforth and Jed McNeill. The band had performed locally and regionally and released two EPs in their beginning years. In 2009, the band decided to begin touring full-time, and McNeill and McFerron left the band to pursue their education. Ryan Kirby from the band Bodies Awake (based in Fort Worth) joined Fit for a King in 2010 to replace Mason Wilson, who had recently replaced Danforth as the frontman. Kirby's Bodies Awake bandmate Bobby Lynge joined the band to play guitar. The band tracked their first independent full-length, Descendants, in 2011. With the release of their music video "Ancient Waters", the band started to gain a following. Bassist Decur left the band in 2011 to pursue a career in law enforcement and was replaced by Aaron Kadura who performed clean vocals alongside Easterling as well.

Solid State Records (2012–present)[edit]

In July 2012, Fit for a King had signed to Solid State Records.[6] FFAK released their first studio album Creation/Destruction on March 12, 2013.[7] The album sold more than 3,100 copies in its first week of sales.[8] Billboard charted Creation/Destruction at No. 175,[9] No. 17 on the Christian Albums chart, [10] and No. 6 on the Hard Rock Albums,[11]

Their second album was a redux of the independent Descendants, which came out on November 25, 2013.[12] Billboard charted Descendants at No. 38 on the Christian Albums chart,[13] and at No. 8 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[14]

Fit for a King's third album, Slave to Nothing, was released October 14, 2014 along with three singles including "Slave to Nothing" featuring Mattie Montgomery of For Today. The band released their fourth studio album Deathgrip on October 7 of 2016.

Fit For A King announced their fifth album, Dark Skies, which was released on September 14, 2018. With this announcement the band also released the first single, "Tower of Pain",[15] on June 1, 2018. This single was then followed by four other singles, "The Price of Agony",[16] "Backbreaker",[17] "When Everything Means Nothing"[18] and "Oblivion".

On September 30, 2018 Bobby Lynge announced he would part ways with the band on good terms, citing a need to be with his family and an interest in new business ventures. However, Lynge says he'll still be involved in the writing process for the band's next album and he doesn't exclude to go on tour again with the band.[19]

On May 14, 2020 after unveiling some artwork the prior couple days Fit for a King announced amongst the global pandemic a surprise collaboration with We Came As Romans. The collab will see both bands vocalist being featured on reworked version of a recent track and will also the both bands releasing a limited merch line to commemorate the collaboration.[20]

Band members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
US
Christ

[22]
US
Rock

[23]
US
Hard

[24]
US
Heat

[25]
US
Sales

[26]
Descendants 38 8
Creation/Destruction
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Solid State
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
175 17 43 6 3
Slave to Nothing
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Solid State
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
49 3 11 3 49
Deathgrip
  • Released: October 7, 2016
  • Label: Solid State
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
71 2 18 5 32
Dark Skies
  • Released: September 14, 2018
  • Label: Solid State
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
69 2 6 3 13

EPs[edit]

  • Fit for a King (2008)
  • Awaken the Vesper (2009)

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Album Artist
2011 "Muted Eyes, Deaf Voice" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Muted Eyes, Deaf Voice EP Flood Mercia[27]
2013 "Betrayed" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Testimony Yesterday As Today[28]
"The Search, The Scheme" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single A Faylene Sky[29]
"Rebuilt" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Reconstruction EP Silence the Assembly[30]
"Heart Of Fire" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Unworthy EP Convictions
"Blood Is Blood" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single My Only Hope[31]
2014 "Thicker Than Water" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single As We Walk[32]
"Earth Gazer" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Dreamcatchers The Royal[33]
"Worthless" (feat. Ryan Kirby) [II] Aphzelia[34]
"Martyrdom" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Facing the Unknown From Heroes to Legends[35]
"Elapsed Time: Real Life" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Philosopher The Betrayer's Judgement[36]
2015 "Pathfinder" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single Melrose[37]
"Safe Harbor" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Stay Alive Her Echo[38]
2016 "All That Talk" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Lunar//Effect Outer Glow[39]
"Fearless" (feat. Ryan O'Leary) Sirona EP Sirona[40]
"Fame" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Pariah Glasslands[41]
"Divinity" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Tides of Poseidon Fighting the Phoenix[42]
"Sin Incarnate" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Our Penance EP Nights of Malice[43]
"Extinction" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Voyager EP Above Caelum[44]
"System Failure" (feat. Ryan Kirby) True Identity://Unclassified Sins of Sincerity[45]
"Efeitos" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Do Que Somos Feitos Sea Smile[46]
"Broken Streets" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Paramount It Lies Within[47]
"The Nine" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Uprooted A World Extinct[48]
2017 "Obey" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Rapture Gallifrey Falls[49]
"False God" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Symmetry Immortalis[50]
"Problems" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Hopeless World Returning His Crown[51]
"Cold Skin" (feat. Ryan Kirby) In Dying Arms (2017 Rerelease) In Dying Arms[52]
"I Emerged" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single Forged in the Storm[53]
"The Remedy" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Polarize Aviana[54]
"Exodus" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single Versus[55]
"Left Alone" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Exit Here Capital Vices[56]
2018 "Groundbreaker" (feat. Ryan Kirby) EMBERS Sable Hills[57]
2019 "Myra" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Guided Confessions of a Traitor[58]
"Mammon" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Relevance Frank Needs Help[59]
"Effects" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Changes Sea Smile[60]
2020 "Hate Me" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single If I Were You[61]
"Carry the Weight" (feat. Ryan Kirby) Single We Came As Romans[62]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brody B (March 18, 2013). "Fit for a King – Creation/Destruction | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  2. ^ NRTTeamAdmin (February 15, 2013). "Creation/Destruction by Fit for a King". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Fit for a King | Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Jesus Freak Hideout. "Fit for a King Discography, Fit for a King Artist Database, Fit for a King Lyrics". John DiBiase. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
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  6. ^ Denning, Jake (July 19, 2012). "Solid State Signs Fit for a King". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Weaver, Michael (March 10, 2013). "Fit for a King, "Creation | Destruction" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff (March 20, 2013). "First-week sales in excess of 3100 copies creates new record for storied label". HM. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Billboard 200 : March 30, 2013". Billboard. March 30, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Christian Albums : March 30, 2013". Billboard. March 30, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hard Rock Albums : March 30, 2013". Billboard. March 30, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout (November 25, 2013). "Fit for a King, "Descendants" Review". John DiBiase. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Christian Albums : December 14, 2013". Billboard. December 14, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Heatseekers Albums : December 14, 2013". Billboard. December 14, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Fit For A King - Tower Of Pain". YouTube. June 22, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  16. ^ "Fit For A King - The Price of Agony (Official Music Video)". YouTube. July 12, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  17. ^ "Fit For A King- Backbreaker (Lyric Video)". YouTube. July 30, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  18. ^ "Fit For A King- Tower of Pain (Lyric Video)". YouTube. August 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  19. ^ "Fit For A King guitarist Bobby Lynge leaves the band". Alternative Press. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "Romans + Fit for a King Exclusive Collab". Facebook. May 14, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  24. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  25. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Fit for a King Chart History: Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "NEW Flood Mercia - Muted Eyes, Deaf Voice ft. Ryan Kirby". YouTube. October 24, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  28. ^ "Yesterday As Today - Betrayed (ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube. May 15, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  29. ^ "A Faylene Sky - "The Search, The Scheme (ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)"". YouTube. August 6, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  30. ^ "Silence The Assembly - Rebuilt (Ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube. September 23, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHeMW6ZBNE8
  32. ^ "As We Walk - Thicker Than Water Ft. Ryan Kirby (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. April 4, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  33. ^ "The Royal - Earth Gazer ft. Ryan Kirby (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. August 23, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  34. ^ "Aphzelia - Worthless Feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For a King". YouTube. February 17, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  35. ^ "From Heroes To Legends-Martyrdom Is Dead ft. Ryan Kirby (With Lyrics)". YouTube. January 6, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  36. ^ "The Betrayer's Judgement - Elapsed Time: Real Life (feat Ryan Kirby - FIT FOR A KING)". YouTube. January 13, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  37. ^ "Melrose - Pathfinder Feat. Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King)". YouTube. November 28, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  38. ^ "Her Echo - Safe Harbor ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King". YouTube. September 5, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  39. ^ "Outer Glow - All That Talk (Feat. Ryan Kirby)". YouTube. September 30, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  40. ^ "Sirona - Fearless ft. Ryan O'Leary". YouTube. February 25, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  41. ^ "Glasslands - Fame (ft. Ryan Kirby)". YouTube. August 18, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  42. ^ "Fighting the Phoenix - Divinity ft. Ryan Kirby (Official Lyric video)". YouTube. May 10, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  43. ^ "Nights Of Malice - Sin Incarnate (feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube. August 6, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  44. ^ "Above Caelum - "Extinction (feat. Ryan Kirby)"". YouTube. April 12, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  45. ^ "Sins Of Sincerity - System Failure Ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. April 1, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  46. ^ "Sea Smile - Efeitos feat. Ryan Kirby (Fit For a King) | Official Lyric Video". YouTube. April 6, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  47. ^ "It Lies Within - Broken Streets ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit for a King (Stream Video)". YouTube. January 13, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  48. ^ "A World Extinct - "The Nine (feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For a King)"". YouTube. November 15, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  49. ^ "Gallifrey Falls- Obey [Official Music Video] feat. Ryan Kirby". YouTube. October 11, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  50. ^ "Immortalis - False God (Ft. Ryan Kirby)". YouTube. September 4, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  51. ^ "Returning His Crown "Problems" Feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King". YouTube. April 17, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  52. ^ "In Dying Arms - Cold Skin Feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King (Official Stream)". YouTube. October 7, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  53. ^ "Forged in the Storm - I Emerged (feat. Ryan Kirby) (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. November 17, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  54. ^ "Aviana - The Remedy / Feat. Ryan Kirby (OFFICIAL STREAM)". YouTube. January 19, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  55. ^ "Versus - Exodus (Feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  56. ^ "Capital Vices "Left Alone" FT. Ryan Kirby (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. June 9, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  57. ^ "Sable Hills - Groundbreaker (ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube. August 9, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  58. ^ "Confessions Of A Traitor - Myra ft Ryan Kirby of "Fit For A King" (Official Video)". YouTube. September 24, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  59. ^ "Frank Needs Help - Mammon feat. Ryan Kirby (Official Lyric Video)". YouTube. October 31, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  60. ^ "Sea Smile - Effects (feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King) (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)". YouTube. December 3, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  61. ^ "If I Were You - Hate Me (feat. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)". YouTube/DreamBound. March 26, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  62. ^ "Romans + Fit for a King Exclusive Collab". Facebook. May 14, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2020.

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