On February 10, 1962 a legend named Cliff Burton was born. In just 3 1/2 short years he would impact Metal so powerfully that it literally changed its course and helped to redefine it. Through his influence Metallica changed from a raw but talented engine of Metal into an advanced precision tool filled with progressive and classical compositions that never lost its force and power. I can say, without a doubt, that Cliff is the guy that influenced me the most, and was one of two of the most impactful Metal writers/influencers of the 80’s (Steve Harris of Iron Maiden being the other)
What’s so remarkable about Cliff is that at the time he was changing Metal nobody really knew that’s what was happening. People didn’t realize his impact for years and years afterwards, and probably wouldn’t have had it not been for the internet reviving his legend. Last year I wrote a piece on Cliff on our Facebook page, check it out. Cliff lives on forever, not just in Heaven, but also in the music he helped define that changed the world.
— Carlos The Mexican King Of All Metal