I wrote about Scott Clendenin’s bass playing on Death’s The Sound of Perseverance around a year ago, and of how his playing captivated me. So I was pretty glum to hear about him dying last week at a relatively young age. He played bass on that single Death album, so I’m not going to try to write a biography of him, but what I do have to say is that his playing represents a kind of ideal for me, continued on from Cliff Burton, being both heavy and imaginative. Even having only first heard it ten years after picking up bass, I have found Clendenin’s approach to playing influential upon my own. The Sound Of Perseverance is one of the best heavy metal albums, featuring some of the best heavy metal bass playing, with the bass lines full of Clendenin’s own style.