Go Off!

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Go Off!
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Released1988 (1988)
Cacophony chronology
Speed Metal Symphony
Go Off!

Go Off! is the second and final studio album by heavy metal band Cacophony, released in 1988 through Shrapnel Records. About two years after the album's release, guitarist Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS, which eventually led to his near-total paralysis.[1] Also two years later, guitarist Marty Friedman joined the band Megadeth.[2] The album was re-released on CD in 1991.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[5]
Rock Hard7.5/10[6]

In a contemporary review, Wolfgang Schäfer of Rock Hard was not overly impressed by the album but remarked how Friedman and Becker refrained "from superfluous solo escapades", making the music more accessible and fueling the suspicion that Mike Varney wanted "to repeat the success of the dissolved Racer X with this band."[6]

Andy Hinds at AllMusic found Go Off! an improvement on their 1987 debut album Speed Metal Symphony and compared the "slightly more song-oriented approach" to contemporaries Racer X. He praised Friedman and Becker's technical craft as "a very interesting listen at times" and that "there are even some beautiful moments, like the outro of the title track", while also noting an element of restraint in their playing compared to Speed Metal Symphony. However, much criticism was directed at singer Peter Marrino, with Hinds lambasting his vocals as "annoying" and the lyrics "ridiculous".[4]

Martin Popoff reviewed positively the album and considered it "too crazy, professional and intense for its day", becoming "a cult classic" and "a mid-years progressive metal cornerstone." He was also critical of Marrino's vocals, but praised Deen Castronovo's performance as "possibly his chopsiest of a long career."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."X-Ray Eyes"Marty Friedman, Jason Becker5:10
3."Stranger"Becker, Steve Fontano3:24
4."Go Off!"Friedman, Becker3:46
Side two
5."Black Cat"Friedman, Becker7:45
6."Sword of the Warrior"Friedman, Fontano5:09
7."Floating World"Friedman5:10
Total length:40:13



  • Peter Marrino – vocals
  • Marty Friedman – guitar, producer
  • Jason Becker – guitar, producer
  • Jimmy O'Shea – bass
  • Kenny Stavropoulos - drums (appears on the cover but does not play on the album)
  • Deen Castronovo – drums


  • Steve Fontano – producer, engineer
  • Joe Marquez, Scott Tatter, Michael Rosen – engineers
  • Dino Alden, Marc Reyburn – assistant engineers
  • George Horn – mastering at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
  • Mike Varney – executive producer


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jason Becker Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Marty Friedman Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ Henderson, Paul (5 March 1991). "Speed Metal Symphony review". Q Magazine. 55: 84–5.
  4. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Cacophony - Go Off! review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  5. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 65. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  6. ^ a b Schäfer, Wolfgang (1988). "Review Album: Cacophony - Go Off!". Rock Hard (in German). No. 32. Archived from the original on 2017-08-23. Retrieved 2017-08-15.

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