Fit For A King: Slave To Nothing

Texas metalcore hopefuls still in the emperor’s hand-me downs

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Of course, this is a very cynical view of the hyper-popular subgenre that includes some world-class bands, but it’s one Fit For A King adhere to. Sophomore release Slave To Nothing is, on the surface, no different to the latest from scene heavyweights Upon A Burning Body, but it lacks their knack for a hook. Instead they fade further into the ether as the album rolls on. This isn’t to say it’s a poor record; the percussive assault on the title track is admirable and the clean vocals throughout are a cut above the majority of their peers, but that’s where the uniqueness ends. There are nods towards more experimental territory – and it does sound like they’ve thrown the kitchen sink emporium around the studio – but the missing cohesion leaves the record floundering and struggling to grab you.

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Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.