Speed Metal Symphony

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Speed Metal Symphony
Studio album by Cacophony
Released 1987 (1987)[1]
Recorded May–June 1987 at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
Genre Heavy metal, neoclassical metal
Length 45:07[2]
Label Shrapnel
Producer Marty Friedman, Mike Varney
Cacophony chronology
Speed Metal Symphony
Go Off!

Speed Metal Symphony is the first studio album by heavy metal band Cacophony, released in 1987 through Shrapnel Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Andy Hinds at AllMusic called the album "tough to digest", noting its technical complexity and lacking production quality, while suggesting that it is "some of the most self-indulgent music ever recorded." Hinds nevertheless praised the skill of guitarists Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, though he suggested that both their subsequent solo releases (Perpetual Burn and Dragon's Kiss, respectively) were superior.[1]

In 2009, Guitar World magazine ranked the album ninth on its list of the all-time top ten shred albums.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Savage"   Marty Friedman 5:48
2. "Where My Fortune Lies"   Friedman, Jason Becker 4:32
3. "The Ninja"   Friedman 7:24
4. "Concerto"   Friedman, Becker 4:37
5. "Burn the Ground"   Friedman, Becker 6:50
6. "Desert Island"   Friedman 6:24
7. "Speed Metal Symphony"   Friedman, Becker 9:32
Total length:



  1. ^ a b c Hinds, Andy. "Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  2. ^ Speed Metal Symphony (CD edition "SH-1031CD").
  3. ^ Guitar World Staff (2009-07-09). "Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time". Guitar World. Future US. Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2013-10-31.

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