Metal Bassists: Cliff Burton

Cliff acts as a third guitar on other songs, creating great support for the melody. He also creates harmonizations of his own. Like in “Damaged Inc” where an intro with distorted bass and volume swells turns into string section almost like classical music from Metallica! Another common element found is contrary motion which means that two independent melodic lines move opposite directions bluntly put-the bass goes up while the guitars go down.

A gallop is a rhythm typically used in traditional heavy metal songs, it’s made of an eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes. The most popular guitar riffs for this type of music are 16th notes which makes the song sound more precise but wilder compared to other types of rock and pop pieces with 4/4 time signature.