Cliff Burton

“You have to remember that this was 1986 and they were breaking new ground. When I listen to a song like ‘Master’ or ‘Sanitarium’ now with 30 years of experience it’s easy to see what they did. But in 1986 it was E=MC2. It was unfathomable and I haven’t even gotten to their masterpiece ‘Orion’ yet. Seriously, did they find a bottle of Beethoven pills? How did they have the maturity to write an eight-and-a-half-minute instrumental that works? ‘Orion’ is moving, it’s cohesive and exciting, and it is dynamic. My ears never even had a chance to get bored because Metallica made me wonder what was coming next.”

-Scott Ian, Guitarist, Anthrax

Michael Joray