Megadeth, 'Countdown to Extinction' (1992)
I remember listening to KNAC, and they played "Sweating Bullets." It was like, you didn't know what hit you. Like, "What is this? This guy's narrating this thing over this creepy music." So I went out and got Countdown to Extinction the next day.
It's funny. I kept it in a Pantera sleeve, which had, like, "Fucking Hostile" on it and all these other things on it. And my dad came in, like, "You're not listening to that. It says 'Fucking Hostile.'" And I'm like, "No, it's not. It's a Megadeth tape. You gotta listen to it." He's like, "I'll listen to it. If there's any cussing, you're not listening to it." "OK, fine." The next day, my dad comes back and he says, "That record is unbelievable." And he came back and he started buying Megadeth records. It was that accessible, it was that good, but also Dave Mustaine's voice was so sinister and the recording sounded so polished and perfect. It just sounded so cool.
As I got older, I've started realizing how unbelievable Marty Friedman was on that record. But then again, it comes down to songwriting and just being a young kid and just saying, "This connects with me. I understand this. I understand this heavy-metal stuff." That whole era just brought me in. There were so many great songs and great records during that time.