METALLICA will celebrate this year’s “Record Store Day” with the release of an exact duplication of the band’s 1982 demo tape “No Life ‘Til Leather”. Demo tape will be released on April 18th as a limited edition cassette at your favorite independent record store and Metallica.com.
“Twelve people will be able to play it, but everybody else will be able to hold it in their hands and, uh, have a great time with it,” drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. The band will release the cassette on Record Store Day before issuing expanded CD and vinyl editions this summer, marking the first time any of their demos have been officially released.
Says METALLICA in a statement: “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. Tthe 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.
“No Life ‘Til Leather” was recorded on July 6, 1982 at Chateau East Studio, Tustin, California and it features the following tracks:
01. Hit The Lights
02. The Mechanix
04. Seek & Destroy
05. Metal Militia
06. Jump In The Fire
07. Phantom Lord
“No Life ‘Til Leather” recording lineup:
James Hetfield – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Lars Ulrich – drums
Dave Mustaine – lead guitar
Ron McGovney – bass
METALLICA is currently working on material for its tenth studio album for a tentative late 2015/early 2016 release. The new CD will follow up 2008’s “Death Magnetic”.