It’s about time to see Megadeth pick up the pace from what they left off from “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?” The main theme about this album is war, destruction, politics, nuclear weapons, survivors, and torment of war. It seems to be an overdone subject in Heavy Metal and I think it’s the biggest weakness of “So Far, So Good…So What?” but at the same time there are many things that I expect from Megadeth. Immediately when you put on the first track “Into the Lungs of Hell” it roars epicness for an instrumental song. Afterwards, it follows up a great vicarious pleasure of destroying things in war with the second track “Set the World Afire” that has lyrics that describes in detail of massacring those who’s in your path. Then the third track which I find very interesting is that it’s a cover song “Anarchy in the U.K.” Now I want to make things clear, I am a huge fan of the Sex Pistols and I think that “Anarchy in the U.K.” is one of their best songs (I say one of because E.M.I. is the Sex Pistol’s best song) but I have to be honest, this is a cover song that’s actually better than the original. It totally fits Megadeth, a band that’s anarchist 101, that have made their version so much fast paced, and made it so explosive & aggressive whenever you start the track.
After “Anarchy in the U.K.” the shadows starts to blacken the experience you’ll get in “So Far, So Good…So What?” with songs like “Mary Jane” that deals with a girl who takes up witchcraft. But perhaps the highlight track in the whole album is “In My Darkest Hour” which is a tribute to the death of former bandmate, Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. It’s one of those songs I’m glad that Dave Mustaine has made to settle his rivalry between his former band Metallica and finally moved on, even despite people everywhere makes endless comparisons between Metallica and Megadeth. But it wasn’t directly towards Cliff, but writings and feelings of how war (or any kind of battle) affects to oneself. The in the last tracks “Liar” & “Hook in the Mouth” were good track finales of the album. Out of all the Megadeth albums, this one has probably the least history. It maybe because the album cover, maybe “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?” overshadows it, maybe their best track was a cover song, or the unoriginal theme. But regardless this has to be one of Megadeth’s most overlooked album, but certainly not their best. It has a lot of memorable tracks and fixed some of the issues I have with “Peace Sells” from avoiding having tracks that are too slow. Give this album a second try if you think it wasn’t as good because as I stated there are great tracks to revisit.
- In My Darkest Hour
- Anarchy in the U.K.
- Into the Lungs of Hell
The Top Lister’s album score – 4 / 5