Mosh pits and breakdowns may not be for everyone, but Fit For A King's debut Solid State release Creation/Destruction is doing its best to appeal to more than just die-hard lovers of pig squeals and drop-D tuning.
Dripping with mega breakdowns - "Warpath" literally erupts at exactly the 0:01 mark - and clean vocals akin to the days of Aaron Gillespie and Underoath, Creation/Destruction offers more than a stereotypical serving of screaming on tops of loudness on top of really fast instrumentation. "Hollow King (Sound of the End)," for example, incorporates a slow, brutal breakdown with vocalist Ryan Kirby laying everything on the track before a support of intricate guitar melodies and clean vocals come in to round out the entire thing.
"Skin & Bones," by comparison, begins soft with slow, soaring guitar and a slight hint of digital drums in the background. "Is there life beyond the grave? Will I make the same mistakes day after day? There must be a better way," Kirby sings in a momentous track that showcases what the band is capable of stripped down.
The cherry on top, however, is producer Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day), who helps mold an album that flirts between chaotic, gentle and destructive. If Creation/Destruction is what the Tyler, Texas five-piece has brought to the table with their debut release, I can only imagine what's going to come from them next go-around.