As we all know, Metallica has a unique song that they are playing before every single show since 1983. There’s no doubt and question; it’s ‘The Ecstasy Of Gold,’ which was written by Ennio Morricone for the soundtrack of the cult western movie ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.’

Today, Ennio Morricone has passed away at the age of 91. According to the official press release shared by his long-time lawyer, the iconic musician died early Monday in a Rome hospital after deadly complications of an accident.

Metallica’s official Instagram account has shared a new post to mourn the death of the legend by writing:

“R.I.P. Ennio Morricone. Your career was legendary, your compositions were timeless. Thank you for setting the mood for so many of our shows since 1983.”

Then, Metallica has shared another photo of Ennio, and the caption area was featuring a letter that was written by the frontman James Hetfield himself. In the message, Papa Het described his feelings about Ennio and the legendary song that they were using as an opening song since 1983.

James Hetfield wrote:

“The day we first played ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ as our new intro in 1983, it was magic! It has become apart of our blood flow, deep breathing, fist-bumping, prayers, and band huddle pre-show ritual ever since.

I have sung that melody thousands of times to warm up my throat before hitting the stage. Thank you, Ennio for pumping us up, being a big part of our inspiration, and bonding between band, crew, and fan. I will forever think of you as part of the Metallica family.”

You can see the Instagram post below.