“From the heavy droney keyboard intro, through the album’s intervening moments of galloping attack, doomy riffing, and acoustic bliss, to the closing anthem “Mother, Mother Fucker” these guys rule.” – Aquarius records (SF)
“After spending an hour trying to find the words to review this album, the only description that fully encompasses this masterpiece seems to be indescribable. “WinterKill” is a heavy-metal fan’s dream come true” – Forgotten Steel
“Actually, this is not just a good album, nor S.X. just another good band. These guys RIP!!!!! I challenge you to listen to the approximately eight minute long title track that is one of the best HEAVY METAL tracks ever composed! No kiddin’! Rough as hell rhythm section, vicious leads, uncompromising vocals and complicated songs will rip your spine off and get you beggin for mercy.” – Steel Conjuring
“Just listen to the opening track entitled “Winterkill” and you can understand what I mean-one of the best heavy metal songs ever written!” – Singing Swords
“Songs like “Black Rose and Thorns”, “No Idea”, and “City of Sirtel” are pure Metal epics with lots of tempo changes and an all out pure guitar blitz assault provided by Paul Kratky which is heavy as hell.” – Snakepit Mag
“Their outstanding power play is identifiable in every song. In addition to this,Slauter Xstroyes present to the listener clever arrangements,a couple of breaks and cool ecstatic melodies. John Stewart who’s the frontman of the band,is a singer whose organ(voice) varies from agressiveness to melody and strength and he,for sure, belongs to the elite of the metal explosion that took place in the early eighties.” – Heavy Oder Was!
“Outstanding, epic US Metal, very original, but catchy at the same time, with undistorted bass and majestic vocals that remind me of early Omen, early Virgin Steele, Manilla Road and Samson-era Bruce Dickinson – all wrapped up in brilliant battle hymns performed by four very talented musicians. ” Rock Hard (Germany)
“the overriding mastery of SLAUTER XSTROYES is their ability to come up with the most massive riffs that are totally original. “Black Rose and Thorns,” a monster epic and my favorite song on the Lp, along with “Winter Kill.” Overflowing with acoustic sections, stratospheric vocals and ripping musicianship, it’s in league with ditties like “Victim of Changes.” – Enlightened Chaos