Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Wrote Bassline to “ManUNkind” in Memory of Cliff Burton

Blackened RecordingsDuring the opening of Metallica's song "ManUNkind," from the band's new album Self-Destruct, Robert Trujillo picks a bassline reminiscent of the late Cliff Burton's playing style. As it turns out, that was very much intentional.

"When I had written that, I was definitely thinking about Cliff," Trujillo tells Canada's Exclaim! TV. "In a way, that to me is a tip of the hat to Cliff Burton and the spirit of Cliff. If you hear that little thing before 'ManUNkind,' for me personally, that was with Cliff in mind."

Burton died in 1986, just months after the release of Metallica's seminal album Master of Puppets. Following bassist Jason Newsted's tenure with the band, Trujillo joined Metallica in 2003. Self-Destruct also features the track "Murder One," which Metallica wrote in tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

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