The list of individuals in the world of metal that fans unequivocally agree on the importance, talent, and legacy of is very small indeed. Even figures in the biggest, most influential bands can be divisive figures – and none more so than Metallica. That’s just one of the many things that makes the band’s former bassist, the late Cliff Burton, such an extraordinary figure – perhaps no bassist in the history of metal is so universally agreed upon as not just a master of his instrument, but a full on innovator of its use in metal. That’s why today, on what would’ve been the bassist’s 51st birthday, our Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to Cliff Burton.
June 29th, 2009
On this day, ten years ago, Download Festival 2009 headliners and generally amazing band, Slipknot released their debut album and, in the process of it going Double Platinum and forming legions of red boilersuited “Maggots”, helped to defined nu-metal and the metal landscape forever.
Happy birthday, Slipknot. Here’s to another ten years.
(Not gonna happen, is it.)