- For Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica song)
Name = For Whom the Bell Tolls
from Album =
Ride the Lightning
A-side = "For Whom the Bell Tolls (Edit)"
Released = 1985
Recorded = Sweet Silence Studios
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1984
Length = 5:10
James Hetfield Cliff Burton Lars Ulrich
Metallica Flemming Rasmussen
Chart position =
Last single = "
This single = "'For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Next single = "Master of Puppets"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a song by
Metallica, the third track from their second album " Ride the Lightning". The song was composed by Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrichand the lyrics are based on Ernest Hemingway's novel " For Whom the Bell Tolls". The chromatic introduction, which is usually mistaken for an electric guitar, is in fact Cliff Burton playing his bass guitar through distortion and wah-wah. The intro was written by Burton before joining Metallica. Burton first played it in a 12-minute jam at a battle of the bandswith his first band "Agent of Misfortune." [ [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8600360414571121543&q=cliff+burton Agents of Misfortune video.] ] The guitars in the song sound slightly sharper than a standard-tuned guitar should sound. However, this may not be intentional, as it is rumored that the song was sped up after recording. If the song was sped up too much or was sped up using low quality means, it would raise the pitch of the recording, thus apparently sharpening the guitar's tuning.However, James Hetfield's voice is the same pitch as the other songs on the album, therefore, most likely, only the pitch of the instrumentation was raised, not the speed.
#"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (5:11)
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" has also appeared on Metallica's live 1999 album "S&M", in which Metallica performed with the
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
*Drone metal band
Sunn O)))recorded a very loose cover of the song on their album " Flight of the Behemoth", entitled "F.W.T.B.T."
*The song was also covered partially by pop rock band
Sum 41at the Metallica's MTV Iconspecial in 2003.
*Another punk rock band, Goldfinger, played a partial cover at
MoonsorrowEP Tulimyrskyfeatures a cover of the song, and it adds approximately two and a half minutes to the original song; it is 7:43.
*The song was also covered by
Apocalypticafor their album Inquisition Symphony in 1998.
*The song was covered by
Eric Bloom, Al Pitrelli, Tony Franklin, and Aynsley Dunbarfor the album "Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica".
Harptallicarecorded a harpversion of the song on their album "".
*A song by The
Bloodhound Gangcalled "Mope" features the chromatic introduction riff in the chorus of the song.
*There is a remix of the song on the
The Memory Remainssingle, entitled the "Haven't Heard It Yet Mix."
A remix by
DJ Spookyappeared on the Spawn soundtrack. For some reason this song version is not available on any of the online versions of the CD except Napster; which ironically, Metallica sued in 2001.
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