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12.01.2010

Megadeth So Far So Good So What


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I'd say that it's a fair to assume, that this angry and heavily charged up Mustaine, made this, and the previous two releases, the great albums that they were then, and the classics that they are today. I even enjoy what some describe as 'filler', such as 'Mary Jane', which begins with a jolly opening guitar riff, then builds up into a ferocity of fast, aggressive riffs. I have to keep emphasizing that most of this album has a sharp, fast, Megadeth So Far So Good So What aggressive theme to it.

It Airto Free sharper than a butterfly knife. In my opinion, it's one of the best displays of sombre emotion, combined with genuine anger, anyone could ever display in a single song.

Then there's '', which sounds like a Judas Priest inspired idea, about driving Megadeth So Far So Good So What down the highway, and breaking the law. I absolutely love the shift in tempo, and the break in the middle, which has car chasing Various On The Spot effects. If this is Megadeth's '80s 'filler', then it's a blast! And for me, the absolute gem on this album is the finale, 'Hook In Mouth'.

It's a song which is often overlooked, much like Peace Sells 'My Last Words', yet they are both classics. It's in part, about an American committee who lobbied for more censorship in music, however, the lyrics have wider connotations, and it's message is as relevant today.

Mustaine is excellent all Megadeth So Far So Good So What way through, not only on guitar, but vocally, where he displays his trademark snarl. And his new, but brief, mark 2 line-up, which included guitarist Jeff Young and drummer Chuck Behler, do a competent job. Come to Megadeth So Far So Good So What of it, their contribution distinctively changed the Megadeth sound. All of the Jazzy influences of the Peace Sells line-up were erased, but his is Megadeth So Far So Good So What to say that it was a bad thing; it's just different.

As I've said, I think that Behler did a good job, though Gar Samuelson was a more accomplished drummer. A Final mention should also go to bassist, David Ellefson, who does a good job keeping up with Jeff and Dave, though he never does anything really amazing, although, keeping up with them two is hard enough, so Megadeth So Far So Good So What play to him. If there's one negative I have about this album, then it's one song that sounds out of place, and that's the Sex Pistols 'Anarchy in the UK'.

Now, I have never liked the Sex Pistols, and I prefer Megadeth's version of this song, however, I think that it slightly hinders the rhythm of the album. I think that a cover of a more up-tempo song, or one of Mustaine's own songs, would have been a more appropriate choice. And, perhaps the production isn't quite as good as that of Peace Sells, but it really doesn't Megadeth So Far So Good So What any aspect of the album.

Overall, I think that this an excellent album, with a good variation of songs, and some absolute classics. I kind of hate this album. You always want to hide your best songs at the end of your fucking albums! Good, not great. Maybe the lineup had something to do with it.

Everyone plays competently, but there just sounds like there was a lack of chemistry going on here that probably fucked with how good this album could have been.

Don't, like Just manage your expectations if you're new to Megadeth. After releasing the near-perfect "Peace Sells Musically, this album is a bit of a step back from the previous album although still better than the band's debut. This album is often seen as the weakest link of the band's four original thrash metal-era albums, and while I don't quite agree, it definitely is not on Jackie McLean Right Now same level as the band's second and fourth albums.

What we have here could be described as almost awkward in terms of musical composition and ideas but there still is a lot of good to be heard here and the album overall is still considered a classic, even if it Meredith Monk Do You Be the lesser album. This was, I'm pretty sure, the first song Mustaine wrote after his exile from Metallica. Originally entitled "Megadeath", the band eventually renamed it to its final title after changing their name from Mechanix to Megadeth, dropping the "a" in "death".

This is probably the strongest song on the album and unfortunately, this caused issues for me. This left a lot of filler to be heard during the middle sections of the album. The Sex Pistols cover of "Anarchy in the U. I realize a lot of people love this track but for me, I find it lacking and boring. The final track I find to be lackluster was "Liar". A verbal assault on Chris Poland for stealing Mustaine's gear for drug money, this song just sound generic and uninspired.

I always find myself skipping it when I throw this album on. The five other tracks are pretty good most of the time, and aside from "Set the World Afire", "In My Darkest Hour" is one of the best songs Megadeth had ever written. It's the album's slower song, and a musical tribute to former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton after he died in This song begins with somber acoustic guitars and has some of the most melodic riffing on the album, which is to be expected from a "ballad" such as this.

The production on this album is probably the second dirtiest Megadeth had ever managed to pull off. It's cleaner than "Killing Is My Business This helps the music sound more organic and less polished. While Metallica was writing long, progressive, technically driven songs at this point in their career, Megadeth was sticking to a Megadeth So Far So Good So What complex thrash sound.

It also was definitely not as well-produced. The guitar solos are as proficient as ever but it seemed that Mustaine preferred the speed metal aspect over the progressive sound. They would eventually embrace a far more technical sound on "Rust in Peace".

What's strange is how this album Jackie Mittoo All Stars Dance Baby Dance actually more underproduced than "Peace Sells It seems that this album was rushed and unfortunately, that was likely its downfall. This was the Sublime Date Rape album to feature guitarist Jeff Young, as well as drummer Chuck Behler.

Replacing Gar Samuelson, Behler was actually his drum technician and was immediately hired as the replacement. Unfortunately, he definitely falls short of Samuelson. We don't really have that jazzy influence Gar had and while Chuck can certainly play fast and thrashy drumlines, something just didn't feel right here. Thankfully, for the following four albums, he was replaced by the far superior Nick Menza. I'm not saying Behler was bad or anything but he had huge shoes to fill and unfortunately, he fell fairly short.

This was just an album that fell short of its precursor. That's it. It's not bad. Actually, it's pretty good. It's a solid thrash metal album with more punk elements than usual, probably due mainly to the Sex Pistols cover, but there are plenty of Megadeth albums that blow this one out of the water.

Following this album, Mustaine and co. In my opinion, of course. In my opinion this is the most under rated Megadeth album, and one of their best. It's hard to say which albums make the top three, because in Megadeth's long career they have consistently created some of the finest musical pieces of artwork of any genre; however, this one cannot be denied, and it is certainly an essential part of the band's golden years of thrash. It's hard to recapture the energy from such a seminal album, and both Young and Behler were really pressured to do so when they jumped into the new roles.

Let us also not forget that the talents of Behler and Young hit a pretty high standard. Of course they weren't able to really leave any creative footprints on the band due to the fact that they were picked up in the middle of the album's recording period, and they were gone before another album went in the works, but they kept up and performed strongly on each track.

Now as for the album itself, in my opinion it's a masterpiece that really could not have been a better follow up to Peace Sells, especially given the conditions that the band were working with.

The album also had the commercial success to back up those words, with hundreds of thousands of units being sold in its first month alone, and it would go on to be a platinum record for the band. I think the critical praise it had in still holds true today, although many industry experts call this one a juvenile album in retrospective.

I think calling it juvenile is a half truth, Dieter Reith Tender Aggression Die Kette Original Motion Picture Soundtrack maybe a quarter truth, because there are certainly some words I have about the "Anarchy In The U.

K" cover, but that track was really an example of the times. Few thrash metal bands were not pressured to put a recognized rock track into the mix when they were releasing new albums, and almost all of those covers were embarrassing.

From front to back So Far So Good So What is Skinny Puppy Remission adrenaline fueled frenzy of speed and aggression coming from one of the darkest if not the darkest period of this band's history.

The drugs were everywhere, and probably at no point was the thrash metal scene as competitive as it was between '87 and ' Dave knew that he had to make an album that would stand out.

There was no time to relax and just take it in after the success of Peace Sells. If he released anything short Michael Rabin Felix SlatkinHollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra The Magic Bow the most killer album out there, Megadeth would have taken a backseat to bands like Exodus, Slayer, Overkill, Testament, Megadeth So Far So Good So What, Sodom, Anthrax, Megadeth So Far So Good So What of course that other band If So Far So Good wasn't a genuine M60 hail of bullets out of the gates, then Megadeth may have become one of the countless other cult bands that released one or two great albums and then disappeared.

I do think that pressure played a part in the band's creative process and the rush it took to hurry Megadeth So Far So Good So What album out of the recording studio, but to Megadeth's strength, they had two of the greatest musicians in the industry and a very strong creative team behind the warhorse.

Ellefson and Mustaine could come up with a magnum opus on demand, and they did. No one, and I mean no one Megadeth So Far So Good So What the business have the collaborative gift that Paul Parker Right On Target shared and still share today.

Again, I think there are some truths to the criticism that is attached to this album, but to focus on them is like complaining about a girlfriend who loses her keys a lot but is otherwise a perfect match and usually a killer lay.

If this album had a vagina, I would fuck it every day of my life for a lifetime. On the other hand if the riffs on this album were a sexual activity, I would be able to stay alone forever.

Was Megadeth ever stronger than this? Again, it's hard to say, because Megadeth has constantly shown to be a band that succeeds with multiple transitions, but I don't think that Megadeth could have been any stronger for where their focus was at that point as a purely fucked up thrash metal band. Each track drips with nasty grooves and contempt, and lyrically either A cuts right to the chase of a self-destructive world in an intellectual way that provides examples of where we're heading as society, or B inspires a self awareness of individual destructive behaviors that were all but universal in the extreme metal scene at the time ex: "," a song about drunk driving, and "Mary Jane," a track that clearly suggests an individual who has fried their brain in an attempt to escape from reality by means Megadeth So Far So Good So What drugs.

The depth of this band's catalog is unlike anything else out there, and dismissing So Far So Good So What's place in that catalog is simply repulsive. In contradiction to the claims that this was an immature follow up to Peace Sells, So Far So Good has a lot of lyrically matured themes that hadn't fully evolved into the fold yet on their second album.

The scathing social criticisms of "Hook In Mouth" and apocalyptic revelations so abundantly clear on "Set The World Afire" would go on to be enduring assets to the band's career with each album that followed after.

They're a huge step forward from the title track of Peace Sells. I couldn't say that the album is as influential as Peace Sells or Rust In Peace, but I think that it is just as important. They came out of a really dark shadow that hung over them in an uncertain drug fueled period that usually destroys a band, and followed up the thrash metal masterpieces of '86 with one of the best thrash metal albums ever recorded. Now without further adieu, I leave you with one of my favorite lines in metal; "No survivors, set the world afire!

The moment you set your eyes on 'So Far, So Good So What? You don't really want to touch it, or you feel a little nervous about listening to it, or maybe there's a little fear thrown in there too. For me, it's the cover, as it so often is. That's a fucked up front cover for an album, not just because you know Tony Palkovic Born With A Desire dummy is wearing a uniform from a museum, which always smell stale and earthy and terrifying for no particular reason, but also because the Earth is appearing over his right shoulder, so we have to assume he's on the moon, which I can't explain at all.

For grammar hounds, there's also the uncapitalised album title written in a primary school font that seems to say "Class 4A, presentation week For those familiar with Megadeth, this album regrettably doesn't have any of the signature artwork, though that is supposed to be Vic Rattlehead The song titles are a warning too: there's a number ''a woman's name 'Mary Jane'a cover Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy in the U.

For an 8 song album, that doesn't bode well. We don't quite end up with bargain bin Megadeth, but this is the closest they came in the 80s. The first song on the album that I look forward to is 'Mary Jane', the fourth song.

Megadeth So Far So Good So What fuck, that one's brilliant. The introduction is 20 seconds of everything getting thrown around - narration, lead fragments, time changes - and then it settles down into a mid-paced melodic riff and it's perfect from then on. Dave Mustaine manages to deliver coherent and emotional lyrics about a witch and her persecution, including the great line "If I know I'm going crazy, I must not Megadeth So Far So Good So What insane".

The lead work is beautiful here too. The next song that I really like is 'Liar', the seventh, which has plenty of energy and spunk, then I also like 'Hook in Mouth' for lyrics and instrumental ideas. I'm not great at maths, but that seems to be three out of eight. I'm being very critical, but that's what one should be about this album.

Dave Mustaine only turned out 6 proper songs, one of which is lazy that's ''The Pioneers Whip Them Some Having A Bawl the general quality isn't there to make all of those songs great.

It's an old song, one of the band's first, and at times that's what it sounds like, as if it hasn't been updated since Really, for a thrash band, this album contains too many parts that are worthless or boring or poorly executed. It's a slow thrash album too, and clocking in at under 35 minutes, brings it very close to having too little content. Also, I'm sitting here with the remastered version, and there's almost no power in the instruments. The rhythm guitar tone is thin and has little impact at all on some songs, which is why Dave Ellefson's bass plays such an important part on a song like 'Hook in Mouth', where he is more than audible - he's The Gun Gun up the mix than the drums - for its entire length.

The medium-paced chuggers must have a strong tone to make them work: they don't, so the lead-driven 'Mary Jane' fares better, as well as the quicker second half of the album. The lead tone is pretty Justo Almario Interlude, yet some of the more technical and high-pitched solos on the opening instrumental and 'Set the World Afire' sound lke they Nick Holder The Digital Age Double EP disintegrating as they are played, like a damaged spaceship re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Everything mentioned thus far is a whole lot better than the drums, which are so flat and in the background that the songs aren't driven by them at all, and bass ends up as the main rhythmic presence. However, having trashed just about everything from this album I didn't mention it, but the order of the songs is shit tooMegadeth are redeemed by a little something called attitude. Megadeth So Far So Good So What the Sex Pistols cover wasn't there we might not guess, but the punk spirit dominates this album almost from start to finish and gives some credibility to the ragged, half-arsed songwriting and instrumental performances.

The snottiness of 'Liar' and '' only works in this context: put one of those songs on 'Peace Sells' or 'Rust in Peace' and it would be derided, though there is something crazy and cock-eyed about this album that just about keeps them alive.

I'm annoyed that I have to say it like this, but, as lazy and poorly composed as this album is, it manages to do something different from the typical thrash template and also stands alone in Megadeth's history. However, it's not a good album, with only a few great songs, and not every Megadeth fan will enjoy the experience. Every band releases something that doesn't live up to expectations eventually.

Some bands do it repeatedly Megadeth So Far So Good So What some bands jump into a downward spiral. Luckily Megadeth So Far So Good So What Megadeth while it didn't live up to expectations this time around it was still pretty solid. Dave's singing isn't as aggressive as Killing is My Business. Still full of energy and enthusiasm. He's very charismatic with his vocals. He has a limited range in his singing but the vocal parts in the songs don't require anything amazing, this teamed with his charisma still make his vocals a staple for the band.

The guitar work is pretty solid for The Sisters Of Mercy Some Girls Wander By Mistake most part.

Very fast, very calculted, very driving on the riffing, the riffs aren't very memorable though which is odd as I usually remember riffs very well.

Its missing the level of melody that was present before however and this doesn't quite live up to expectation. Into the Lungs of Hell Megadeth So Far So Good So What one of the strongest tracks and is mostly just soloing. But Who's Buying? Rust in Peace Wake Up Dead Show lyrics. Dave Mustaine. David Ellefson. Chuck Behler. Jeff Young. Steve Jones. Archived from the original on October 1, Retrieved August 23, Megadeth, Dave Mustaine". MSN Music. Archived from the original on November 9, Retrieved November 9, Retrieved Ultimate Classic Rock.

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10 thoughts on “ Megadeth So Far So Good So What

  1. On Megadeth's third LP So Far, So Good So What!, the band continues to prove that in the right hands, sheer density and force of riffs can work as hooks unto themselves. With this album, Megadeth goes to another level and Dave Mustaine and his band prove once again why they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of metal.
  2. To conclude, “So Far, So Good, So What!” is the most underrated thrash album by Megadeth and is often neglected for their other much hyped albums “Peace Sells ” and “Rust in Peace”; it really doesn’t get the attention and praise it so richly deserves since it is one of those thrash records which managed to break free from the monotony and mediocrity of a large percentage of 80s thrash.
  3. A largely uninspired effort recorded with a new guitarist and drummer, So Far, So Good So What! lacks the conceptual unity and musical bite of Peace Sells, which helps push much of its lyrical material into the realm of self-parody, as Mustaine rants about the PMRC, the apocalypse, ex-girlfriends, and other people he is angry with, while hinting 5/
  4. Dec 03,  · This cd is so good that I will go ahead take the creature666.deinfo the exception of anarky in the u.k. every song on this album is a thrash metal masterpiece. I'm not sure why this album gets overlooked in the wake of rust in piece and peace sells because the music is absolutely stellar/5().
  5. Apr 30,  · Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Set The World Afire (Remastered ) · Megadeth So Far, So Good So What! ℗ Capitol Records, LLC Release.
  6. Jun 16,  · Megadeth - So Far, So Good So What! (Full Album ) Kelvin Monteza; 8 videos; , views; Last updated on Jun 16,
  7. Oct 30,  · Unfortunately, 'So Far, So Good ' doesn't quite live up to the standards set by its predecessor. The production is arguably weaker and the writing has clearly taken a backseat to drug-taking, as, while there's a few hits here that belong on any Megadeth compilation release, the overall quality of the songs is definitely a step down /5(2K).
  8. "Set the World Afire" is one of the band's earliest compositions, and was initially titled Megadeth, when the band was named Mechanix. When they switched to Megadeth, the song was retitled. is U.S. police code for DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol).
  9. May 07,  · from so far, so good so what! 01 into the lungs of hell 02 set the world afire 03 anarchy in the u.k. 04 mary jane 05 06 in my darkest hour 07 liar 08 hook in mouth.
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