Album review: Megadeth, So Far, So Good…So What? (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 20, 1988

By Steve Newton

Another great album title from the young metal dudes that brought you Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? Led by former Metallica member Dave Mustaine, these Yankee headbangers sure do make a racket, from the opening instrumental “Into the Lungs of Hell” to the anti-censorship “Hook in Mouth”:

F is for Fighting, R is for red/Ancestors blood in battles they’ve shed/E we elect them/E we eject them/in the land of the free and the home of the brave/D for your dying, O your overture/M they will cover your grave with manure/This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me/As long as there’s a P.M.R.C.

Raunchy as all heck, Megadeth’s latest is not to be lent to Grannie for her tea parties. It does include a nice acknowledgment of the band’s punk roots, though, with a cool verson of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”

 

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