30 Years Without Cliff Burton

Today, September 27th, marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Metallica bass player Cliff Burton. Thirty years gone but certainly not forgotten.

While Metallica was stopping through Sweden on the European leg of the Master of Puppets tour their bus driver lost control of the vehicle and flipped the bus which ended up crushing Cliff beneath it.

Cliff Burton was well adored by his family, friends, and all within the heavy metal community. After his death other artists paid tribute to him on their records including Anthrax, Metal Church, and most famously Megadeth with their song “In My Darkest Hour” which Dave Mustaine wrote shortly after hearing the news of Cliff’s passing. Metallica themselves paid tribute on their next album with the song “To Live is to Die”

Do yourself a favor today and play the Master of Puppets record. It has gone down in history as probably the greatest heavy metal album of all time. Play this in tribute of our fallen brother and turn the volume up another notch when the song “Orion” comes on.

Rest in peace, Mr. Burton. The world of music suffered a huge loss on the day of your passing.


Written by Isaac Sauers



Chief Of Operations, 31, lives in North VA but grew up in PA, married, baseball and metal. Kiss, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, King Diamond, Mayhem, Mortification, Poison, P.O.D., Zao, King’s X, Demoniciduth, Led Zeppelin