Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Death of Kings "Hell Comes to Life"

    Summoning the power from an apocalyptic motorcycle riding demon from the netherworld, Atlanta based metal maniacs, Death of Kings, looks to raise some metal hell with the release of their new EP, “Hell Comes to Life.”

    Death of Kings is an act combining their love of thrash and classic heavy metal music to create songs that I know will resonate with those listeners who desire furious riffs and face melting screams of epic metal proportions. The band has been around since 2009 and in that time has shared the stage with numerous notable metal acts such as DRI, Skeletonwitch, Voivod and many more. After self-releasing their first couple EPs the band teamed with Boris Records in 2013 to release the 7” single, “Knifehammer.” Once again the band is working with Boris Records for the release of this new EP, which will be available March 31st. Plus, a full-length from Death of Kings is expected to come out later this year.

    Before being sent this EP for review, I had heard of Death of Kings and was aware of their presence within the Atlanta metal scene. However, after listening to the two songs featured on the upcoming EP, I have an even greater understanding of what these guys have to offer and are capable of writing. Their old-school thrash metal meets traditional heavy metal style is extremely profound. Although, there are plenty of acts playing this type of music, Death of Kings displays tremendous passion for the music they write and you can really hear that in their songs.

    The first song which is the title of the EP, “Hell Comes to Life,” is a blazing track of thrash metal aggression. You hear influences from Exodus, Testament and DRI throughout the song, but done in a creative and distinct manner. I especially like the vocals which provide such an impact to the instrumental parts and they really do compliment the song’s overall sound. Also, one cannot leave out the maniacal shredding abilities during the guitar solo. The second song is a supercharged cover of Judas Priest’s, “Hell Patrol.” Death of Kings does a solid job paying tribute to Judas Priest and the song they picked happens to be from one of my favorite Priest albums.

    Overall, Death of Kings did exactly what a band is supposed to do when releasing an EP, and that is to build-up anticipation for future releases. I am definitely going to be looking forward to their full-length album when it comes out. I can’t wait to hear more destructive metal sounding riffs of madness, because these guys seem to know the right balance between technicality and also making the music sound tight. I highly recommend you check them out if you are a fan of thrash and classic heavy metal. Remember... Death of Kings is coming people...and Hell’s coming with them!

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