Megadeth's third studio album, "So Far, So Good... So What!", was released 35 years ago on January 19, 1988. The album marked a turning point for the band. It was the first to feature drummer Chuck Behler and guitarist Jeff Young, who replaced original members Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland.
The album was produced by frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine, and Max Norman. He previously worked with Megadeth on their second album, "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?". The album's title is a play on the phrase "so far, so good", and the "so what" refers to the band's attitude towards their critics and naysayers.
"So Far, So Good... So What!" was a commercial success, reaching No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified gold by the RIAA. The album features some of Megadeth's most iconic songs, including "In My Darkest Hour" and "Set the World Afire". Both of which have become staples in the band's live performances.
The album also showcases Megadeth's evolution as a band. A more polished and refined sound compared to their previous albums. Mustaine's songwriting and musicianship were at their peak, his guitar work on songs like â€œIn My Darkest Hourâ€ and â€œSet The World Afireâ€, are considered some of the band's finest moments. The album also features a wide range of musical styles, from thrash metal to classic rock, and even a touch of classical music.
Despite the album's commercial success, it was met with mixed reviews from critics. Many praised the band's musicianship and technical proficiency, but criticized the album's production and lack of originality. Nevertheless, "So Far, So Good... So What!" has stood the test of time and is considered by many to be a classic of the thrash metal genre.
35 years after its release, "So Far, So Good... So What!" remains a fan favourite. The songs are still played on heavy metal radio stations and in live performances by Megadeth. It is a testament to the band's enduring legacy and the impact that they have had on the world of heavy metal.