Origin: San Francisco, California, USA  
Last update/review: December 21, 2021


Formed by guitarists Marty Friedman and Jason Becker, Cacophony's music featured classical influences and the sort of complex guitar soloing that would become the trademark of Shrapnel releases of the 80's. The band broke up soon after the sophomore effort Go Off, but the next year saw the release (also on Shrapnel) of solo records by both Friedman (Dragon's Kiss) and Becker (Perpetual Burn), with each guesting on the other. Friedman, of course, went on to join Megadeth, while Becker played in David Lee Roth's band before contracting ALS, which forced him to retire from touring and the like, though he still composes music with the help of computers, and released several albums over the years.

Last Lineup

Peter Marrino

vocals (ex-LeMans)

Marty Friedman

guitars (ex-Hawaii, ex-Megadeth, ex-Tourniquet, ex-Vixen)

Jason Becker


Jimmy O'Shea


Kenny Stavropoulos


Former Members/Guests

Atma Anur

drums (ex-Vicious Rumors)


Speed Metal Symphony  
1986 Shrapnel
  1. Savage
  2. Where My Fortune Lies
  3. The Ninja
  4. Concerto
  5. Burn the Ground
  6. Desert Island
  7. Speed Metal Symphony
  • Peter Marrino
  • Marty Friedman
  • Jason Becker
  • Jimmy O'Shea
  • Atma Anur

Go Off!  
1987 Shrapnel
  1. X-Ray Eyes
  2. E.S.P.
  3. Stranger
  4. Go Off!
  5. Black Cat
  6. Sword of the Warrior
  7. Floating World
  8. Images
  • Peter Marrino
  • Marty Friedman
  • Jason Becker
  • Jimmy O'Shea
  • Kenny Stavropoulos

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