Go Off!

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Go Off!
Cacophony - 1988 - Go Off!.jpg
Studio album by Cacophony
Released1988 (1988)
StudioStudio D Recording in Sausalito, California,
Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California,
Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
GenreHeavy metal, neoclassical metal
Length40:13
LabelShrapnel
ProducerSteve Fontano, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Mike Varney
Cacophony chronology
Speed Metal Symphony
(1987)
Go Off!
(1988)

Go Off! is the second and final studio album by the American 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
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[4]
Rock Hard7.5/10[5]

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 fuelling the suspicion that Mike Varney wanted "to repeat the success of the dissolved Racer X with this band."[5]

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".[3] Canadian journalist 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 cornersone". He was also critical of Marrino's vocals, but praised Deen Castronovo's performance, "possibly his chopsiest of a long career".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."X-Ray Eyes"Marty Friedman, Jason Becker5:10
2."E.S.P"Friedman6:06
3."Stranger"Becker, Steve Fontano3:24
4."Go Off!"Friedman, Becker3:46
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Black Cat"Friedman, Becker7:45
6."Sword of the Warrior"Friedman, Fontano5:09
7."Floating World"Friedman5:10
8."Images"Becker3:43
Total length:40:13

Personnel[edit]

Cacophony
Additional musicians
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jason Becker Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Marty Friedman Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  3. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Cacophony - Go Off! review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Schäfer, Wolfgang (1988). "Review Album: Cacophony - Go Off!". Rock Hard (in German). No. 32. Retrieved 2017-08-15.

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