For many, many years, I had this poster on my walls while I played:
And the fact is, although in every album since this one (even including Rust in Peace), Megadeth de-volved.
But as an eternally-hopeful early-adolescent, this album was my high-water mark. I still aspire to be as badass as I perceived Dave Mustaine to be on this record, particularly in the “Wake Up Dead” video, then a staple of the new “Headbanger’s Ball,” in the title track, in the side two opener (ha! remember that shit!? SIDES and all that nonsense!), and in the album closer “My Last Words.”