Honoring the Birthdays of the Fallen

This week contained the birthdays of two of metals greatest (and most tragic) musicians, Cliff Burton of Metallica and the Rev of Avenged Sevenfold. In honor of this, I decided to pay tribute to these two headbanging heroes by giving a brief bio for anyone new to metal.

 Cliff Burton: Fans were shocked and heartbroken when this metal legend died in a bus accident while touring for Master of Puppets. He was only 24. Burton made his fame as the bassist for Metallica from 1982-1986. He had a great deal of input on musical decisions and introduced his bandmates to some influences they may never have come across such as classical music and H.P. Lovecraft stories. Many would argue that Metallica has never been the same or as great since his passing. He played on their classic albums Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets. Before his time with Metallica, he played bass for Trauma. It was at one of Trauma’s shows that the members of Metallica discovered Burton. It is fair to say that his unique “lead” bass playing style has made him one of the most influential bassists of all time. 

James “The Rev” Sullivan: Fans were surprised and saddened to hear of the Rev’s passing only days before the ringing in of the year 2010 due to a drug overdose. He was only 28. The Rev rose to fame as drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. Before he helped found the group, he was lead vocalist for Pinkly Smooth. He also had a side project with A7x guitarist Synyster Gates called Rat Head. A7x has decided to carry on in honor of their bandmate and friend, with Arian Ilejay of Confide as his replacement. At the time of his death, A7x was in the midst of recording their album Nightmare which the Rev wrote many lyrics for and sang on some tracks. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater completed his drumming part for the album. His legacy carries on as one of the best drummers in recent metal history.

May these wonderful musicians rest in peace. We know that they’re keeping the afterlife rockin’!



~ by metalosophy on February 10, 2011.

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