“Slave To Nothing” in 2014, and I haven’t reviewed it for this site yet. So here is my take on this incredible mix of hardcore, metal, and melody.
From the beginning of the album, you are messed with. The band doesn’t hit you with the chugging riffs and hardcore elements that made some of their previous songs so heavy. Instead, they pull you throw an emotional connection not too unlike the openings that made Poison The Well industry darlings long ago. “Kill The Pain” does just that, it brings you into the mix of soft, heavy, and break downs that make the genre of heavy music so eclectic. If you’re not convinced, just listen to the way the percussion breaks through the noise of screaming and drops you through a kaleidoscope of controlled chaos. The drumming on this record is second to none, and it’s a credit to the band’s cohesive metallic display.
That’s not to say the rest isn’t good, because you are going to find yourself entrenched in heavy music, from the guitar work reminiscent of Norma Jean or even some of the best Deftones tracks, “Slave To Nothing” doesn’t hold back on any track. Everything seems very deliberate, and pulls your heart to listen to the singing, the lyrics, and the empathy found in the human condition. “Young and Undeserving” is a showcase of this earnest reflection. The rest of the track just keeps on painting pictures of a spiritual nature, with “Break Away”, “Forever Unbroken”, “Cleanse My Soul”, so much more pummel, enlighten, and showcase the best of what Fit For A King does so well.
All in all, “Slave To Nothing” is a tremendous undertaking of hardcore, metal, and melody. There’s sung parts that bring you into a sense of reflection, then answers to questions that are nothing short of thunderous. It’s like reading the book of Job, because it’s truly a mix of ups, downs, and incredible passion.
This is a prime example of why I love heavy music to this day, even if I’m old. Fit For A King holds nothing back on “Slave to Nothing”, pick it up HERE, you won’t regret it.