"While 'Locked' may seem a little out of place on an album centered around victory and overcoming life's challenges, it's a song about understanding that all the mental things we fight through can only be defeated by our own will and perseverance," says Fit for a King frontman Ryan Kirby. "Along the road, we will get help — whether from God or others — but at the end of it all, it's a war that you must fight, and you must win."
Today (August 7th), the Dallas-based metalcore outfit — comprised of Kirby, guitarists Bobby Lynge and Daniel Gailey, bassist-vocalist Ryan "Tuck" O'Leary and drummer Jared Easterling — have teamed up with Revolver to premiere the aforementioned song, "Locked (In My Head)." The three-minute crusher features shreddy guitar solos, sharp double-time drumming à la August Burns Red and, of course, FFAK's own patented mix of abrasive screams and massively catchy choruses. Check out the song, along with its fiery music video, above.
"When we went to shoot the video, it was the first time seeing the rest of the band since the shutdowns began in March," explains Kirby. "So not only was the video crazy to film with all the fireworks shooting at us, [but] we were genuinely having amazing time getting to be together again."
"Locked (In My Head)" is the third single off the band's forthcoming sixth album, The Path, following up "God of Fire" (featuring Ryo Kinoshita of Crystal Lake) and "Breaking the Mirror." Due out via Solid State Records on September 18th, and produced and mixed by WZRD BLD, a.k.a. Drew Fulk (We Came as Romans, Memphis May Fire, Wage War), the LP is gearing up to be the heaviest of FFAK's career. You can pre-order it here.
As Kirby notes, The Path takes a different lyrical direction than prior records. "In the past, we have dove into some pretty dark areas of life, with Dark Skies being the pinnacle of hopelessness," he says. "With The Path, we find our way out, and claim victory over the demons we have faced and are currently facing. This album is made to be the soundtrack for your victory over what mentally, and physically holds us back."