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Cliff Burton would’ve turned 56 today.

Burton’s influence on metal as a whole was revisited with the release of Metallica: Back To The Front, a book the chronicles the history of the band’s 1986 album Master Of Puppets, which was Burton’s final album.  The video below shows James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo reflecting on Burton, as well as his father, Ray.

Besides cranking up the first three Metallica albums today, we couldn’t think of a more moving way to honor the life of one of metal’s best bassists of all time.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.