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For Whom The Bell Tolls

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“For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the third and final single from their second album, Ride the Lightning. The song was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls about the dishonor of modern warfare & Robert Jordan’s eminent doom during the bloody Spanish Civil War. Specific allusions are made to the scene in which five soldiers are obliterated during an air-strike, after taking a position on a hill. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was released as a promo single with two versions of the song, an edited version on side A and the album version on the b-side. The chromatic introduction, which is often mistaken for an electric guitar, is in fact Cliff Burton playing his bass guitar through... Read on...

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Most votes come from Argentina, Spain, Portugal, United States, Chile, United Kingdom, Greece, Norway, Turkey, and Brazil.


More songs by Metallica (See Charts): Frantic, The Unnamed Feeling, The House Jack Built, The Four Horsemen, Whiplash, The End Of The Line, That Was Just Your Life, All Nightmare Long, Broken, Beat & Scarred, and My Apocalypse.

Popular in Trash Metal (See Charts): €and Justice For All, Battery, Orion, Blackened, Ride The Lightning, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), The Four Horsemen, Angel Of Death, and South Of Heaven.


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