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Album I couldn't live without: Ride the Lightening

PETER CONDON
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012
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Metallica are one of my all time favourite bands and the song for me has been, and will always be For Whom the Bell Tolls from their second album Ride the Lightening. 

When I found out that the intro was done by Cliff Burton on the bass guitar, I just flipped. This is an incredible opener. The fact that he was able to make this sound with a bass guitar is amazing and still to this day is something I am yet to find or hear anyone else even come close to repeating, emulating or even improving.

Metallica, while some will disagree, remain to me one of the most important and relevant bands in the metal genre. Sure there have been a few mistakes but you don't go through a career spanning 30 years without making some mistakes. I'm sure the likes of Led Zepplin, ACDC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and even the great Black Sabbath have had their fair share of mistakes throughout their respective careers, but this has not tarnished the fans' views in anyway. This is the way I feel towards Metallica.


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