I bought The Legacy cassette on Hallowe’en 1987, after being floored by the video for “Over the Wall” on the then-new Headbanger’s Ball; around 6 months later I bought the “Trial by Fire” vinyl single with its B-side of “Nobody’s Fault,” and then The New Order cassette on the day it came out (May 10, 1988– along with the newest Vinnie Vincent Invasion cassette, but that’s neither here nor there).
I’ve been playing guitar nearly 30 years, long enough to honestly evaluate who my influences are/were.
I’m pretty much 1/3 Tony Iommi, 1/3 Stevie Ray Vaughn & Jake E. Lee and 1/3 bay area thrash metal– which here pretty much means one third Testament lead guitarist Alex Skolnick and rhythm guitarist (and primary songwriter) Eric Peterson.
I nearly literally worshiped guitarist Alex Skolnick’s solo abilities for years (and I hate solos and never take them if I can help it). I didn’t realize until years later that I was also tacitly worshiping Peterson’s riff-writing abilities.
In my opinion, The Legacy has held up the best, in terms of menace, power and intensity, of any other purely thrash metal record; Among the Living is probably second, and then Peace Sells… and then, The New Order.
There’s really not a bad tune on The Legacy, but “Over the Wall,” “Burnt Offerings,” “Raging Waters,” “Curse of the Legions of Death,” and “First Strike is Deadly” (also the title of their demo), with its great, great solo section, are the best.