Cacophony (band)

Cacophony (band)

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Name = Cacophony

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Origin = USA
Genre = Speed metal Neo-classical metal Progressive metal
Years_active = 1986–1989
Label = Shrapnel
Associated_acts = Megadeth, David Lee Roth
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Past_members = Marty Friedman
Jason Becker
Jimmy O'Shea
Kenny Stavropoulos
Peter Marrino
Dan Bryant

Cacophony was an American neoclassical speed metal band formed in 1986 by guitarists Marty Friedman and Jason Becker. Cacophony is often recognized for its technically challenging, neo-classical metal elements, as well as featuring two shred guitarists. The band broke up in 1989, with Friedman joining the successful thrash metal band Megadeth and Becker joining David Lee Roth's solo band.


Their first album, the predominantly instrumental "Speed Metal Symphony", fused classical and hard rock styles with Friedman's preference of exotic scales (especially obvious in the song "The Ninja"). It featured exceptionally fast, melodic and technical music.

Their second release "Go Off!" was a more song-oriented album, while still displaying the virtuosity of the two guitarists. Besides Becker, Friedman and Marrino, it featured a new bassist and a new drummer. The drums were played by Deen Castronovo, however the picture of new drummer Kenny Stavropoulos was included on the back cover and one tour (the last) in the USA and Japan was with Kenny Stavropoulos and with vocalist - Dan Bryant (Hexx). The guitar playing is more technical and the harmonization of the lead lines and solos are different from the common twin-guitar harmonies made common in heavy metal by such bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.


Though the second album was a commercial failure, it spawned cult followings around the band. Cacophony broke up with Jason Becker joining David Lee Roth and Marty Friedman joining Megadeth. Friedman and Becker have since left Megadeth and David Lee Roth's band respectively (in Becker's case due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Both released several solo albums that include a wide variety of music.

Band members

* Peter Marrino - vocals
* Dan Byant - vocals for last tour
* Marty Friedman - guitar
* Jason Becker - guitar
* Jimmy O'Shea - bass
* Atma Anur - drums
* Craig Swain - bass
* Deen Castronovo - drums
* Kenny Stavropoulos - drums


* "Speed Metal Symphony" (1987)
* "Go Off!" (1988)


*cite book |last=Hale |first=Mark |title=Headbangers |year=1993 |publisher=Popular Culture, Ink |location=Ann Arbor, Michigan |edition=First edition, second printing |isbn=1-56075-029-4 |chapter=0481 Cacophony |pages=59

External links

* [ "Top 10 greatest shredders of all time"] by Mike
* [ Official Jason Becker Merchandise]

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