"For their latest 7″ single, 'Knifehammer,' this means whiplash guitars, frenetic double bass drumming, mile-a-minute solos, and hyper-aggressive vocals aimed squarely at barking down the establishment. (In short, f*** yeah, horns up, if this is your thing.) Yes, the pieces may be comfortable and familiar, but there’s no denying the band’s fluidity and passion, or how effortless they make their fiery, high-speed furor seem. And that’s just it. Death of Kings f****** rip. Maybe it comes at the expense of innovation, but that’s beside the point. These dudes know exactly what it is that they want to do, and they’re exceedingly good at doing it. That’s not just admirable, it’s pretty awesome, too."
"Death of Kings are one of the most powerful forces in Atlanta’s metal resurgence, blasting out relentless, classic-style thrash metal with blistering guitar solos and vicious, blood-boiling shrieks courtesy of Matt Matson. Boris Records has recently issued a limited-edition (500 numbered copies), glow-in-the-dark 7” for two of their songs, “Knifehammer” and “Beneath the Obsidian.” This is some mighty invigorating noise, highly recommended for metalheads far and wide!"
"Death of Kings are a self-described epic-power-death-thrash-metal band, and there’s not a whole lot I could add to that except that their five-song CD, Crushed Beneath the Steel, is a brief, breathless and relentless onslaught of jagged teeth-baring guitars, intricate, pummeling percussion and screeching Sam Kinison vocals, and I like it a lot."
"@deathofkings = best local band in Atlanta. DDTT endorsed " -Tweeted by @DickDBand, Dick Delicious
"...Yes, there’s more going on in the ATL metal scene than shoe-gazey stoner metal. This thrash outfit conjures up images of classic Exodus and Testament... on the title track in particular, guitarist/vocalist Matt Matson ... [gives] the song a sort of 3 Inches of Blood effect. Mountain Lord is definitely my favorite on the album."
"This album is not only a great representation of what Death Of Kings can do, but what more bands need to do in the scene. From the thrashy riffs to the guitar solos to the vocals, it’s such a trip through the different genres of heavy metal, but it’s done so damn well." "I’ve seen numerous local acts come and go, but there have been a few that I know will be around for a while, and Death Of Kings is one of those bands. This four piece brings an all out assault of heavy metal to your ears and leaves you wanting more every time!" "'Crushed Beneath The Steel' is a five song release that promises to hit every metal bone in your body and then break them down with the amount of raging that happens after you hit play."
"Showing influences from all of the OG metal bands they brought finger tapping guitar solos and high-pitched melodic screams reminiscent of Iron Maiden and the like. If you like old school metal, you will really enjoy these guys"
"One Of My New Favorite Bands Is Atlanta's @DeathOfKings! Check Out Our Live Photos Of Them Here: http://snblnk.com/1g9 #Metal" - Tweeted by @Metal_Mark, Mark McPheeters
“Tight Bros Network @tightbros "I though Death of Kings were more exciting than Gucci Mane and that's real talk. If you're into Atlanta metal go see them." Retweeted by @deathofkings”