The mid to late 1980's featured the guitar
slinging fast cat Jason Becker and Marty Friedman in Cacophony
(which oddly enough means "harsh noise" which is what
often called this type of music). With classical influences, Becker and Friedman
demonstrated their talent for speedball neo-classical guitar by releasing
Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and
Go Off (1988).
A 2009 article in Guitar World magazine actually ranked Speed Metal
Symphony as 9 out of 10 on the list of greatest "shred" metal
Cacophony remained active until 1989, but disbanded
shortly after as they pursued solo careers. Some of you may be
familiar with the 1989 albums Dragon's Kiss by Marty Friedman and
Perpetual Burn by Jason Becker. Many of you may not know
that Friedman went on to play with Megadeth for many years, while Becker
was David Lee Roth's guitar player from 1989 to 1991. Sadly,
Becker was diagnosed with a degenerative disease in 1991 that left him
not only unable to play the guitar, but also unable to speak.
If you are fans of guitar rockers like McAlpine, Impelletteri and Malmsteen,
then these two albums should be part of your collection if they aren't
already. The Cacophony Discography is as follows:1987: Speed Metal Symphony
1988: Go Off!