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For Whom the Bell Tolls "is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica. The song is from the album Ride the Lightning and was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Cliff Burton. The number is based on the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. The intro to the song contains especially sound of the bass guitar, which Cliff Burton and nowadays also Robert Trujillo with the fingers plays without plectrum.
- James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Cliff Burton -bass guitar
- Kirk Hammett -guitar
- Lars Ulrich -drums
- The song is also well known for the live version of the VHS video Cliff 'em All (later also on dvd), a tribute to the deceased bassist Cliff Burtonin 1986, where a separate live-version is made by an amateur, but of good quality.
- For Whom the Bell Tolls was about ten times covered, especially on compilation CDs.
- For Whom the Bell Tolls is also used as intro at the film zombieland.