"Kings Among Men is an electrifying mix of truly glorious Canadian-made power metal, and over-the-top guitar-oriented folk metal. With its excellent sonic depth and solid and catchy song-writing, this is definitely an album to raise your ale to. 83/100 "
"This is one of, in not the, most fun albums I’ve listened to this year. Filled with positive vibes, the perfect amount of cheese, and tons of blazing metal this will be a record that will get many, many more spins from me … Kings Among Men is the feel-good hit of the year. 4.75/5"
"Think of Amon Amarth melting into the veins of Dragonforce, a fusion that transcends your normal epic opus. Crimson Shadows are all about the hymns of battle, summoning the gods and figures of war for triumph and honor over their enemies. You will definitely find this album in a top list as the end of the year approaches. 8.9/10"
““There are a lot of interesting extreme metal hybrids out there today, but none more potent than Crimson Shadows. The band delivers absolutely everything one could want in a metal release: crushing riffs, spectacular melodic leads, and a mix of both insanely brutal vocals and cleaner singing. These elements are all bundled together in one epic package of glory-filled metal. 'Kings Among Men' is among the most essential records of 2014... 4.75/5"”
“KINGS AMONG MEN simply rages on like some sort of DRAGON FORCE/CHILDREN OF BODOM hybrid on a mission to conquer the world. "CRIMSON SHADOWS bring together the best of several metal worlds, combined with a superb production, a big dose of originality and a determination to reach the top. 90/100:”
““Kings Among Men could be the Canadian sword into the heart of European Power Metal dominance. 9/10””
"Rise To Power" is the first song released off the album, and its unbelievable. With a section that sounds like Morgan "Marble Ass" Rider and Greg Rounding are having back and forth bass to guitar solo battles. 10/10"
“This is an amazing demo from a rediculouly under-appreciated band. This four song demo demonstrates perfectly their power-metal style of playing only with the harsh vocals that are the trademark of death-metal. Most definitly worth the download.”
“Crimson Shadows is one of the more interesting bands that I’ve come across. They’ve successfully managed to blend the harsh and guttural vocals of death metal with the fast, virtuosic instrumentation of power metal. To sum up this EP in a nutshell, this is what Dragonforce would sound like with a death metal vocalist.”