Cacophony aka Jason Becker and Marty Freidman managed to put out a shred guitar classic back in 1987 with Speed Metal Symphony. The guitar work is amazing, and is an excellent blend of melody and shred (more shred though). The bass is audible and solid. The drumming however, is so-so. On more than one occasion it seems as though the beats fall back into the same simple 4/4 pattern. The vocals are split. Sometimes they are great, sometimes they are bad. It seems as though they are sharp on a couple of songs. The production is also sub-par, and overall makes for a very thin sound. So how can this get a five? Simple: it's a staple in the underground music world, and the talent generated by Becker and Friedman is jaw dropping. Like shred? Listen to Cacophony.