Go Off!

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This article is about the Cacophony album. For the M.I.A. song, see Go Off.
Go Off!
Cacophony - 1988 - Go Off!.jpg
Studio album by Cacophony
Released 1988 (1988)
Studio Studio D Recording in Sausalito, California; Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California; Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
Genre Heavy metal, neoclassical metal
Length 40:13
Label Shrapnel
Producer Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Steve Fontano, Mike Varney
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, rendering him paralyzed and completely unable to play to this day.[1] Also two years later, guitarist Marty Friedman would join the band Megadeth.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

Andy Hinds at AllMusic gave Go Off! 2.5 stars out of 5, calling it an improvement on their 1987 debut album Speed Metal Symphony and comparing 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".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "X-Ray Eyes" Marty Friedman, Jason Becker 5:10
2. "E.S.P" Friedman 6:06
3. "Stranger" Becker, Steve Fontano 3:24
4. "Go Off!" Friedman, Becker 3:46
5. "Black Cat" Friedman, Becker 7:45
6. "Sword of the Warrior" Friedman, Fontano 5:09
7. "Floating World" Friedman 5:10
8. "Images" Becker 3:43
Total length: 40:13



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jason Becker | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Marty Friedman | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  3. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Go Off! - Cacophony". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-07-01.

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