Metallica will celebrate Record Store Day next month with the release of an exact duplicate of the band's 1982 cassette demo tape, No Life 'Til Leather. The limited edition cassette will be available exclusively in independent record stores on April 18th. It features artwork copies from drummer Lars Ulrich's own personal copy of the original demo, as well as his handwriting.
The band said 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. The rest, as you some of you may know, is history!" The band added about the new reissue, "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."
- The band also promised that expanded editions of the demo, which has never before been commercially available, will arrive on CD, vinyl and in a collector's set later this year.
- The seven-song tape was recorded with the first lineup of the band that appeared live as Metallica, including Ulrich, frontman James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney.
- We asked Ulrich a while back if he ever misses the old days: "I miss elements of it. I miss the chaos of it. I like chaos. But at the same time, I mean, what that represents mostly to me is not having any responsibilities. Now I got kids at home -- there's a lot different things that you gotta make sure is happening now, and sometimes I miss not having those responsibilities."
- All the songs on the tape later appeared on the band's 1983 debut album, Kill 'Em All, including "Hit The Lights," "Motorbreath," "Jump In The Fire," "Seek And Destroy," "Metal Militia," "Phantom Lord" and "The Mechanix," which was renamed "The Four Horsemen" on the album.
- The demo reissue is the first step in an extensive series of re-releases that Metallica plans to undertake. Ulrich told Rolling Stone, "It's time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalog that everyone else has done." He added that fans can expect to hear "a lot of goodies that are laying around in cardboard boxes and tape vaults."