So, you guys have been reading about the instrumentals of Metallica. This one is the last one in 3 of their instrumental pieces.
"To live is to die", in many fans' minds, is the most memorable piece. Why?
If you have ever come to Ljungby in Sweden, you can somehow walk by the memorial stone of Cliff Burton, you can see the line "CANNOT THE KINGDOM OF SALVATION TAKE ME HOME" was engraved on it. That epic line came from the song "To live is to die". Yes. This song we are talking about.
To live is to die by far is the longest song Metallica has ever recorded(9:49. If someone is gonna argue that Mercyful Fate is longer, I am gonna say that song is a mixed up of 5 shits). The song was recorded under the record label Elektra and was released in "...And justice for all" album on august 25th, 1988.
About the song, it's hardly for me to say any word. The song itself is a tribute to Cliff, and most of the riffs are written by Cliff. In another word, the song is the soul of Cliff, the very last rhythms that he left on this cruel world.