Fit For A King – Backbooth Orlando 11/29/17
Solid State metalcore band Fit For A King took the stage at Backbooth last Wednesday for a sold out, and sweaty show.
Packed to the rafters, metal heads were out in full force to mosh and crowd surf their way through a passionate performance by the Tyler, Texas quartet.
In fact, this show was a milestone, as it was the band’s first ever sold-out show in the United States. I’ve been to literally hundreds of shows and have never witnessed a scene like this. The place was so full of energy that the sweat was evaporating and then dripping back onto the crowd from the ceiling. At one point, lead singer Ryan O’Leary made mention of how thankful he was to have the sweat-drops cooling him on-stage.
Musically, everyone was on point, and for me, the highlight was their performance of “Dead Memory” from their most recent offering Deathgrip. The song is very personal to O’Leary and was written about abandonment. The feeling of a father turning his back on a daughter as experienced by Ryan’s wife translated into a powerful and moving song.
With Fit For A King, the lyrics are equally as important as the music and one of the band’s strengths. “Slave To Nothing” was another scorcher that got everyone in the venue jumping and singing along. This one is about the negativity permeating society and how we cannot let it break our hearts. It’s an idea that we must get tougher as things get worse and never surrender to evil.
Fit For A King are gaining momentum with fans both young and old as they deliver their messages of positivity and hope in times of turmoil. Tonight, we rose above the darkness by surfing on the hands of our fellow FFAK fans.
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