Fit for a King did not open the show at Cleveland House of Blues, nor were they the headliners. However, it was apparent from the first song that Fit for a King commanded the audience. The songs from the recent Fit for a King release, Slave to Nothing garnered the most response from a crowd that seemed sluggish at first. The innovative chord progressions and dual vocals by dual “Ryans” bring an experimental vocal direction for a band known for their hard-hitting metalcore music. Classical influences throughout the new tunes leads to melodic, more developed music. The unbeatable bass line and impeccably timed drums, paired with signature heart thumping breakdowns, made this show unforgettable.
The music draws you in, but the lyrics steal your heart. The crowd belted out, “I can’t even remember a time/when I could stand up for myself/I won’t give in, I’ll never surrender/No more fear, only fight/I’m a slave, I’m a slave to nothing”, singing word for word with the band. I was awed at the pure emotion I heard in the people around me as “I’m a slave/I’m a slave to nothing” resonated throughout the venue. They were not just singing, they were feeling the music. Each person around me uttered these words as a promise, a pledge to themselves that they would not give in or give up. At first, I was humbled that I witnessed no snobbery, no anger, or indifference. Yet, I left the show with a pervasive feeling of empowerment. I do not have to be ruled by excess or live my life according to popular belief. I do not have to be enslaved by anyone or anything. And that what is Fit for a King is all about.