Today is my friend Justin Stockton's 17th birthday. I asked him what album he wanted me to review for him on his birthday and he told me So Far, So Good... So What!. I know that this is my favorite Megadeth album, well either that or Peace Sells... Who's Buying. But part of the reason I like this so much is because it isn't their ''masterpiece'' and I think it should be. This album is very underrated and should be more respected. I think that this is well....
- Into The Lungs Of Hell: This is my favorite song off this album. I love the intro with the electronic sounding horns. There is something about that that makes me feel like that is an awesome way to start a song and an album. The intro solo in this song also sounds awesome I love the guitar distortion. This song kind of reminds me of my favorite Iron Maiden song Transylvania. This is like their Transylvania to me. There is a certain feel for this so good The soloing and the recording in general on this song just... This song is a 10/10.
- Set The World Afire: The sample in the beginning of this track of the radio then getting bombed. I think that that's hilarious. The riffs in this song are more like Transylvania. than Track 1, but that's the intro instrumentation. The reason I say that this vocals on this album work is because there is some type of evil vocal effect in the background making it sound evil. There is a part in here where the riff speeds up, that is my favorite part of the song. This entire album in general is defiantly BA. The intro, solo, chorus, instrumentation this also gets a big 10
- Anarchy Of The U.K.: I like this song. I like the original and I also like this version to. This a a good cover of the song with a cool sounding solo. I also like the music video for this song. Also I'm glad that Dave didn't really change the lyrics up so much. I don't really have a ton of stuff. This cover is solid.
- Mary Jane: It don't matter what this tracks about. All that matters is that it is beast. It is slow moving and reminds me of the album, well it's Metallica's 1984 sophomore effort Ride the Lightning. The guitar just sounds awesome and the beat. When this speeds up it gets more intense and reminds me of, for some reason the song Transylvania comes to mind. The soloing on this is amazing.period! This is defiantly a headbanger and thrash classic.
- 502: the beginning of this song reminded me of Miserlou by Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Well that is until he says shit. Ha. there is some type of police alarm and vehicle horns sampled were it founded like a solo, which was followed by a bad ass soloing power. The ending with the like emotional breakdown during the fade. 10
- In My Darkest Hours: This is an emotional song. I like this and it is like their Stairway to Heaven. If you've heard it you know what I'm talking about. I love how the acoustic guitars sound on this album. I feel this is Megadeth's own For Whom The Bell Tolls, but better mixed and better quality. The fact that the lyrics are based on Cliff Burton in honor of his passing. That's touching man, that he would do that for someone in a band that kicked him out. This only hits you harder when you find out Metallica hadn't really, until after this song, honored Cliff. They are honest bastards, in a bad way. The solo in this is among the awesome solo parts
- Liar: This reminds me of something I'd hear on a 1970's Judas Priest album. Which is their shining moments as a band, in my opinion. The song keeps on driving and picks up after the emotion of In My Darkest Hours is done. It's like he is now denying the fact that Cliff has died and calls the person who told him this that they are a "Fucking Liar". I think that from that point of view it is masterpiece.
- Hook In The Mouth: this song has a very driving bass riff in it. I like that it's different. This seems like something I could vision Cliff playing on. Now that isn't the case. But the song has a type of solo where in the beginning of it it sounds like bees buzzing. Which I think is funny an also at the same time amazing.
Overall I'd give this album a 9/10. By far one of my favorite 80's album and better than some of Metallica's 80's monsters. This is different, but it's not. This stands out from Dave's discography. There are very important parts on this that are important to me. This album has a pre-Meagdeth existence world Metallica. The first two albums are their best and they sound like Dave's writing.