Fantastic review; further eloquent proof that those with the ability to identify and appreciate a genuinely solid metal album are (in my experience) amongst the more intelligent in society (contrary to public [ignorant] opinion [and stereotypes])! I very much agree with your statements, notably regarding remasters. In my opinion, "remasters," unless merely adjusting certain frequency peaks/valleys, background noise, etc., are nothing but highly detrimental blasphemy, and should never be produced...ever, for circumstances financial or otherwise (call me a purist). Megadeth's failed "remasters" are perfect examples; not only do the vocals collapse what was once one of the greatest metal albums of all time ("Rust in Peace;" thank God (or who/whatever) that I still have an original pressing of the CD), but songs have been outright modified, to boot ("Take No Prisoners," e.g.), and little but all that can be seen as an abomination is left lying in the ruins...
Note: there is indeed audible bass guitar (where they failed to properly strip it) present within this album (I _ _ _ _ you not). I actually just noticed it for the first time in my life yesterday, after having listened to the album more than (in my estimation) 2,000 times (22 years [album released in '88] * 104 [twice a week is a safe estimate, considering I listened to it nearly every day for literally just shy of a decade]). It's very, very difficult to hear, but if you have sufficient tools (audiophile-grade equipment), it can be done. Try 1:23 of "AJFA," 1:26-1:46 of "One," and...well, that's it.
Also, I'd like to make mention of my (simplistically [intentionally, I'd like to think] written) review, where I's very clearly labeled this as the greatest metal album of all time...it is simply untouchable, and will in all likelihood remain this way until the end of humanity.
p.s. while this is great lifting music, and while I am in no way disputing the judgment of your obvious genius (I've perused your reviews, as I typically do before commenting), I'd have to go with Cannibal Corpse (pretty much any of their albums will suffice, though I particularly enjoy "Kill" the most (in this scenario)), All Out War "Condemned to Suffer," Death Before Dishonor (any of their albums will work just fine), Biohazard "Urban Discipline", Merauder "Master Killer," Earth Crisis "Destroy the Machines," or Cryptopsy "Whisper Supremacy" (when all else fails...)