Fatal Kaliber was formed in North Minneapolis in September 2008. The name came about thanks to the Military Channel and a program it aired about body armor and damage caused by varying calibers of bullets. From 2009 to 2011, the band went through its share of lineup changes but eventually solidified its lineup by adding Brian Emerson on bass and Chris Borton on rhythm guitar. The FK gang entered The Terrarium recording studio in Minneapolis in February 2012 to record its debut self-titled CD. Before the CD was released, Chris announced he would be leaving the group. Duane Plath was selected as a replacement and the band spent the next couple of years playing a steady schedule of shows in the Twin Cities.
In recent years, Fatal Kaliber started gaining traction on the Minneapolis scene by putting together consistently solid shows with distinguished bands in its peer network and receiving airplay on Minneapolis radio stations. The band focused on writing songs with better dynamics as part of a natural growth period during this time. In early 2015, Brian left the group and was replaced by bass player Andrew Dubman. Several months later, the band returned to The Terrarium studio and recorded 11 songs with an idea to release one EP in 2015 and another in 2016. The EP titled ‘Bashed On The Rocks’ was released on December 4, 2015. The band’s performance at its EP release party caught the attention of a local promoter which led to Fatal Kaliber’s recent appearance at Rock Fest 2016 in Cadott, Wisconsin that featured national acts Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, and others.
The second EP is titled ‘Grab A Vice’ and it was released on July 22, 2016. Prior to its release date, the EP’s opening track ‘Shine’ received airplay on Minnesota radio stations.
Fatal Kaliber prides itself on being self-produced and having a classic hard rock sound. That sound is exactly what the band's founders envisioned in 2008, and it's one of the reasons why the band is described as a breath of fresh air on the Minneapolis music scene.