Metallica Releasing No Life ‘Til Leather Demo

Thrash metal masters Metallica will finally release their legendary No Life ‘Til Leather demo on April 18 in honor of Record Store Day, according to a report from Rolling Stone. The cassette was a huge hit in the underground tape trading circuit when it was released in 1982, and played a huge part in landing the band’s first record deal. The seven-track demo was recorded with Dave Mustaine on lead guitar (Kirk Hammett was still a member of Exodus at the time), and Ron McGovney on bass. Six of the seven tracks were re-recorded with Hammett and bassist Cliff Burton, and included on Metallica’s classic debut album, Kill ‘Em All.

In addition to releasing the early demo, Metallica is also reissuing their entire catalog, and is lloking at the possibility of reissuing other demos, as well. “Yesterday, I found another tape and handed it to (engineer) Greg Fidelman, and there was some crazy stuff on the B-side that I didn’t even know existed,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone.