The album opens with a war-anthem, and indeed, at some moments in title track 'Years Of Legions' I find myself shouting "born to wa(aaaaaaaaaa)r", a self-invented variation of Slayer's 'War Ensemble'. It's the first Slayer reference, and definitely not the last one. I'm often reminded of Araya and company, but also of bands like Destruction, Death Angel, Kreator, Obituary and Dismember. It's clear that these guys have been listening to a lot of old school stuff.
For some reason, old school thrash metal is popular again and with blasting tracks like 'Cell Swelling', the self-explanatory 'Thrashtastik' and 'Road 666', Skox deserve to place themselves right into the current subtop of the scene. With stuff like this, I'd be surprised not to see massive moshpits and walls-of-death everywhere they play. Besides, I must be great to watch these guys play, to experience the energy they create on stage.
I think 'March Of The Dead' is my favorite track on this album, but all of them really take me back to the time when I first discovered this genre. I was fourteen or so, trying to grow my hair and looking for the heaviest, thrashiest, dirtiest and most evil sounds I could possibly imagine. Back then, that was 'Beneath The Remains' by Sepultura. If I would have been fourteen today, that might have well been 'Years Of Legions'.
Hurray for old school. And as Paul would say: buy this fucking shit...