Dave Mustaine recalled to Paste
in 2016 how his mother's devotion to the Jehovah's Witness movement had a profound impact on his view of the world. "I think probably as a kid who wrote my first lyric for 'Mechanix
' when I was very, very young, and then 'Jump In The Fire' around the same time, those were the writings of a young male who was not quite 21 yet and had been severely religiously abused from my mom's religion," he said. "She was a Jehovah's Witness and I don't believe in it. My opinion is that it's a cult, and my family's still in that religion, and it's a bummer."
"You grow up learning certain things like you can't do the pledge of allegiance, you can't have a birthday party, or any of that," Mustaine added, "and that kind of stuff really affected my myopic view of the world and the prism that I saw it through."