Metallica frontman James Hetfield believes former bassist Cliff Burton would have been resistant to the path the band ultimately followed.
Burton died in 1986 as Metallica had been on the highway in support of that yr’s classic album Master Of Puppets. And the follow-up …And Justice for All, released 2 years later, is notorious for the way then bassist Jason Newsted’s bass is so low within the mix.Download Our App
Hetfield is assured Burton would not have allowed that to occur and he additionally thinks Burton would have had one thing to say about later albums Load and Re-Load, which he describes as “the U2 version of Metallica.”
In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Hetfield says: “I definitely would have thought there would have been some resistance, for sure. When I return and I listen to …And Justice For All, it couldn’t have stayed on that path.
“We wanted to bring in one other set of trusted ears. I believe Cliff would have in all probability interjected some completely different stuff, getting his bass heard and a few more musically difficult issues, in all probability.
“I would definitely suppose that Load and Re-Load, I might have had an ally that was very towards all of it – the reinvention or the U2 version of Metallica.”
Hetfield provides that he personally was “not at all” happy with the Load and Re-Load period of Metallica.
He provides: “There’s some great, nice songs on there however my opinion is that all the imagery and stuff like that was not necessary. And the quantity of tracks that had been written – it diluted the potency of the poison of band. And I believe Cliff would have agreed with that.”
Cliff Burton Bass Solo – For Whom The Bell Tolls:
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