Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony (Shrapnel) 1987
1. "Savage" (5:48)
I use to own this on vinyl back in 1987-1988 and at the time I thought it was awesome. When I found this disc used for $3.99, I snapped it up. Listening to it again brought back some cool memories. Still sounds good to me. Pretty heavy for a guitar shred project. Vocalist Peter Anur has decent pipes and reminds me of Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force).
Cacophony - Go Off! (Shrapnel) 1989
1. "X-Ray Eyes"
Cacophony's second and last effort takes off where their last disc left off, improving slightly but not dropping one ounce of energy. The songs are still in the realm of speed metal but add in a bit of neoclassical and progressive metal to the mix. One big improvement is the focus on better rhythms and song writing, as opposed to excessive soloing. That's not to say there isn't plenty-o-shred, for both guitarists slay! Unfortunately the lyrics aren't as focused and are a bit silly at times (ie. "Black Cat"). Not a big deal though since the lyrics aren't the main focus of this band anyhow. Lead singer Peter Marrin does an admirable job, with his gritty, aggressive vocal style but it's really Friedman's and Becker's guitar work that steals the show. Picked up this disc at SecondSpin.com for around $5-$6.