“IKILLYA might possibly be the best metal band to have emerged from the gutters of New York City since Anthrax”
"Vae Vicits is Latin for "woe to the conquered (ones)", and based on the pure energy this album radiates, IKILLYA won't be among the fallen."
“New York’s own kings of thrashy, groove-laden, no bullshit heavy fuckin’ metal”
“New York's finest purveyors of true metal”
“9 purely pummeling songs”
"As startling and destructive as a beer bottle to the back of the skull." 8/10
"A groove-laced thrashing....It’s hard to keep still when the tempo picks up"
"[a] hugely visceral gut-punching assault. Recon [is] a highly compelling mix of hulking muscle and fiercely intelligent ire" 4/5
"This NYC crew lays down groove-laden, hardcore-influenced metal with authority." 3.5/5
"The band's superb debut album Recon is a pummeling, punishing affair, loaded with gut-punching grooves that recall heavyweight sluggers from Lamb of God through Pantera to legendary NY Groove machine Prong."
"IKILLYA are a Rockstar Mayhem mainstage ready band" 6/10
“If you need a soundtrack for working out or lifting buildings over your head then I recommend Ikillya's "Vae Victis."”
“IKILLYA are NYC’s modern answer to Lamb Of God; brutal, groovy and thrashy but from the streets instead of the woods.”
"Their hard-hitting, visceral debut album is just as impressive - and even more so after repeated listens, which show an album full of depth and power, at the same time melodic and merciless, progressive and yet retaining enough old-school dynamics and sensibilities to keep the supremely technical playing firmly rooted in the traditional heavy metal underbelly."
“They encapsulate what metal should be - aggressive, yet thoughtful, talented without showing off; friendly off stage, furious on stage”
"Just when I thought nobody was doing anything new, this gem of brutality found it’s way to my desk. Recon is easily the best hardcore I’ve heard this year. 4.5/5"
“IKILLYA is one of the few bands composing metal in an original way, while still being able to create 'songs.' They've got serious groove, serious brutality and melody that is intelligent from front to back. 4.5/5”
"A lethal dose of adrenalized Death Metal"
"It's not often that I feel like an up and coming band has such a great shot at making big, but IKILLYA has given me that feeling time and time again."
"[IKILLYA] back that performance with a level of metallic tightness that I’m just not used to seeing anymore....their energy and dynamism would have made them stand out no matter who was on the bill."
"From beginning to end, the album [Recon] was solid as a rock. 9/10"
“IKILLYA’s sound is some sort of American thrash/groove/metal hybrid, a very aggressive approach that isn’t afraid to incorporate melody in non-standard ways; make no mistakes, nothing here is generic”