“With the countless variety of music instantaneously available to listeners today, it is rare to discover anything that sounds new; it’s even rarer to discover something new that sounds good. Thankfully, Luke Starkiller’s recipe for blending contrasting rock flavors (pop-punk and speed metal) delivers a delectable alt. rock dish that’s refreshingly unique...oh, and it’s REALLY good. Each of the four songs on their eponymous debut EP flawlessly fuses the fluid hooks and melodic vocals of contemporary commercial punk rock with the detailed guitar-playing precision of ‘80s thrash-bands like Metallica and Megadeth. It’s aggressive, but not assaulting, injecting just the right amount of auditory adrenaline into your system to get you feeling pumped. ...”
“... Where ‘Y’ At Magazine had the chance to sit down with Luke Starkiller to discuss not only their influences, but their take on fast aggressive music, and where their band is headed musically. Talking with them I enjoyed hearing them mention some of the older metal and punk bands that I use to get excited about when first learning my guitar skills. This may be the result of their age: Nathan Allen 23, guitar, keyboard, vocals; Luke Songy 24, guitar, keyboard; Tyler Lirette 23, bass; and Brody Leake 23, drums are a young group of guys that not only are proud to mention some of the early bands that deep down, we all love, but in addition their energy level inevitably has them shredding and riffing helplessly, as if anything under one hundred beats per minute is not possible. ...”
"... Luke Starkiller, a modern rock/pop group, set the bar when it comes to intricate guitar riffs and sing along choruses. Old and young alike have come to love the jams Luke Starkiller performs both live as well as on the album. Whether you are in the car or checking them out in one of the many venues across the city, you are sure to find your self rock’n out to these boys. Being highly influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd you can see the heart and time they put into creating their music. It’s definitely not just another pop rock band. The ROCK is definitely there. ..."
“... Luke Starkiller’s eponymous EP could have been a standard—yet still fun—punk-rock album; what makes it the pick of the liter in an otherwise cookie-cutter category is its relentless and perfectly timed guitar playing. The band sites Iron Maiden as one of their main influences, and the evidence is right there. What makes them great is they take the intricacy, speed and epicness of ‘80s thrash metal and flawlessly weld it with the upbeat energy and catchy pop-simplicity of pop-punk. The first track “Let Go” is a prime example, as well as the EPs most infectious song. ...”
“ The first thing to come to mind when watching Luke Starkiller perform is the word “refreshing.” It’s just damn good to hear rock ‘n’ roll again in any form. These gents will jazz it up for a verse, hit you with the catchiest chorus you’ve heard in years, and then overwhelm you with an obvious and extraordinary amount of talent and musicianship you just don’t see any more from young bands. It’s also nice to see an act that can pretty much play with anyone. Put them in front of any decent rock band and they are sure to walk out with a number of new fans that weren’t planning on seeing another act they would like. The bands playing after them also get a gift. A nice swift kick in the ass. You can’t help but take it up a level if you have to follow the likes of a Luke Starkiller. I mean, you can’t go wrong with harmonized guitar leads… you just can’t…. just saying.”