Fit for a Kiehn: Ranking the Songs of “Fit for a King,” Part 3

by Nathan on September 15, 2018

It started with math; it ends with math. Cause we’ve only got fourteen songs left to get through, so let’s get counting down to the best Fit for a King songs so far.

14. Young & Undeserving (Slave to Nothing)

Some FFAK songs start slow and quiet. But Kirby decides to tear right into this one with an almost terrifying cry. It makes sense. The song is about the struggle of losing a loved one who is also a non-believer, wrestling with the thought of losing that person for eternity. It feels incredibly poignant and personal, and Kirby’s vocals just dang fit the subject matter. It’s not rage, it’s the pain of loss, and he carries it through fantastically. Top it off with a pretty catchy chorus from O’Leary (seriously, what happened to the guy between then and now?), some great guitar work, and a pulverizing last minute or so, and you have one of the best songs of the album.

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Fit for a Kiehn: Ranking the Songs of “Fit for a King,” Part 2

by Nathan on September 15, 2018

Having come through what are arguably the “worst” songs created by Christian heavy metal outfit Fit for a King, we can finally embark on higher ground. Here, we begin to see what makes the band really stand out from their contemporaries: a series of adrenaline-pumping tracks that put their ferocity to the test in true FFAK fashion.

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Fit for a Kiehn: Ranking the Songs of “Fit for a King,” Part 1

by Nathan on September 15, 2018

This story begins with math.

When doing repetitive online math problems in high school, I quickly discovered that browsing the internet for Christian hard rock music was a pleasant way to pass the time while adding, subtracting, finding “x,” etc. One band in particular—small shout-out to Righteous Vendetta here—took up much of that listening time. That is, until I clicked on a suggested music video and got absolutely sucked into the whirling vortex that is Fit for a King. What I discovered was a single off their independently released album Descendants; to my delight, they had recently released a second album, titled Creation/Destruction, with Solid State Records. This sophomore effort quickly enraptured me. It was official. I had become a metalhead.

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Spencer’s Spidey, Part 4: 10 Things Nick Spencer Shouldn’t Do as Writer of “The Amazing Spider-Man” (5-1)

by Nathan on June 22, 2018

I feel like I’ve covered a lot of bases already but, surprisingly, there’s still more than I can write about. You’ve seen what I think Spencer should do, and you’ve gotten a taste of the facets I believe he should steer clear of while penning ASM. So, without much more in the way of introduction, let’s hop on and take a final glimpse at the few remaining aspects that I feel Spencer should sail in the opposite direction of while writing.

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Spencer’s Spidey, Part 3: 10 Things Nick Spencer Shouldn’t Do as Writer of “The Amazing Spider-Man” (10-6)

by Nathan on June 22, 2018

Having tackled what I believe Nick Spencer SHOULD do while he writes “Amazing Spider-Man,” I’m now going to take a couple of shots at what I believe he SHOULDN’T do during his time on the book. Admittedly, this is a bit easier to do. I’m not a fan of Spencer, so pointing out his faults and thinking he should correct them isn’t all that difficult. Hopefully, I will handle myself with grace and aplomb.

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