It’s almost strange to consider that some of the biggest names in music started off in the exact same way as some of the smallest names in music. Just the notion that, at one point, a band that is as universally recognized today like Metallica had to submit a demo tape to a label in order to get signed makes your head spin just a little bit. That’s just the reality of the music industry, and now, following their current project of reissues, Metallica is planning to release and exact reproduction of it’s demo tape on Record Store Day, April 18th.
The track listing isn’t much special, as it features mostly songs that would later appear on Metallica’s Kill Em All. Here’s a picture of the cassette, and the track listing:
01. Hit The Lights
02. The Mechanix
04. Seek & Destroy
05. Metal Militia
06. Jump In The Fire
07. Phantom Lord
It looks like a really awesome collectible for any Metallica fan to own! It’s limited edition and on a dead format, so that means that it’ll be worth a lot of money when the Williamsburg crows decides that cassettes are cooler than records sometime in the future! Also worth noting is that the track listing and art was made by Lars Ulrich himself, so the value is just growing and growing. It’s also worth noting that this is the only official commercial release of the demo tape.
The band announced the release of the cassette through an official statement:
“This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the "demo tape." In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! On Record Store Day, April 18th that demo tape will be available as a limited edition cassette (yes, cassette!!) at your favorite neighborhood record store and metallica.com.”
“We've been digging through the archives, gone to the original source material and re-mastered it to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes in any way. Recorded with the first line-up of the band that appeared live as Metallica, No Life 'til Leather has never been commercially available until now. Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this summer.”
“We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for a list of independent retail stores taking part in Record Store Day.”
So, if you can get your hands on the tape, definitely do it, because who wouldn’t want to hear all of the classic Metallica tracks from before the band was even signed?