The late Cliff Burton‘s songwriting contributions to Metallica generally appear under-appreciated. However earlier than the early Metallica bassist tragically died in a 1986 tour bus crash, Burton infused Metallica’s preparations with a musical aptitude all his personal.
That a lot is unmistakable in a video of Burton competing in a 1981 “Battle of the Bands” with considered one of his pre-Metallica teams, Brokers of Misfortune. Within the clip, the musician performs the opening riff from Metallica’s Journey the Lightning single “For Whom the Bell Tolls” three years earlier than it emerged on file. Brokers of Misfortune included guitarist Jim Martin, who would go on to affix Religion No Extra by way of the early ’90s.
See the video close to the underside of this put up.
The Battle of the Bands was placed on by the Hayward Space Recreation Division within the act’s hometown of Hayward, California, as Guitar World recalled. On the time, Brokers of Misfortune had been anchored by drummer Dave Donato. They performed a freewheeling fashion of metallic rock led by Martin’s guitar.
Burton’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” riff emerges clearly towards the tip of 1 part. When you pay attention intently, you’ll be able to even hear shades of what would develop into Religion No Extra’s 1990 hit, “Epic.” Burton would be a part of Metallica in 1982, enjoying on Kill ‘Em All (1983) in addition to Journey the Lightning (1984) and Grasp of Puppets (1986).
“I positive miss Cliff,” Martin mentioned in 2012. “We may do any tune and twist it up horribly. I believe if there have been a chance to collaborate [now], we’d write one thing new. Put Dave in there on the drum package and create one thing Cliff’s mom would name, ‘Fucked-Up Weirdos.'”
Spot Burton’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” riff at 11:27 under.