Fit For a King rolled into Cleveland, Ohio with After the Burial on Wednesday evening. With Cleveland being the first stop on the tour, it was one of those rare moments when I did not have any spoilers as to what the show was like. I didn’t have any hype or youtube videos to go off of, or to judge the bands by before the show. Because of this I was totally unprepared for what I was about to see.
Generally speaking, metal bands tend to sound rather similar after the first three or so acts. Unfortunately what this means is that I get bored by the third band. This fact is why I am thankful for acts like Fit for a King. They lost no time jumping right into some of the heaviest music of the night, and the crowd lost I time in falling in love with them. By the time they took the stage, everyone in the room was hot, sweaty, packed together, and eager for the headlining act. All of those thoughts immediately went out of the window when they turned up the volume.
First off we need to discuss their bass player Tuck. When I met him earlier in the day, he struck me as a quiet, calm, and mild in demeanor. I could not have been more wrong. The second he stepped on to the stage he was a whirling dervish of limbs, totally lost in his own world. In other words he’s the coolest thing since sliced bread and a joy to watch. Ryan Kirby commanded the stage with his impressive vocal range and his presence. His entire stance screamed not to ask any questions and just go with what he told you to do. If he wanted a circle pit, then he got a circle pit and the audience had the time of their lives.
It is very rare that I enjoy everything about a set. I can be rather picky about what makes or breaks a good show, and while I do watch, I generally will take copious notes to touch upon in these reviews. All I could do during Fit For a King was stand back and smile. While they do play some angry music, they certainly made a room full of people very happy.
Would I go and see this band again? Absolutely. In a heart beat, just show me where to buy tickets and I would be be there. It is important to note that the band was also going through a rough time themselves. Just days earlier some of their gear was lifted from their trailer before leaving for tour. They didn’t make a single mention of that, and instead gave it their all regardless of their situation. That alone gave me so much respect for them that the show didn’t matter. They had every excuse to bomb the show, or throw away the set, or even to quit the tour. They didn’t though, and killed it anyway. Soon enough no one cared that they were hot and sweaty. No one remembered that they had been standing and waiting for hours to get inside of the venue. All they seed about was the band that just totally killed their set that was standing right in front of them. All they cared about was how fast they could pick up a Fit for a King CD and how soon they could see them again. It is for all of these reasons that Fit For a King has become only the second band to receive a perfect score from me for their live performance.
Their set is a must see