As Record Store Day looms on April 18, reports of what to expect should start trickling in, along with the official announce of RSD titles next Tuesday March 10 at Rough Trade in New York.
Metallica has announced they’ll reissue their debut demo tape from 1982, No Life ‘Til Leather, as a limited edition cassette April 18. Expanded CD and LP editions will come in the summer, the band told Rolling Stone.
No Life ‘Til Leather saw Metallica in their early incarnation of singer/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who would go on to play in Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Lars Ulrich. Just one song from the tape, “The Mechanix,” didn’t make it to their debut LP, Kill 'Em All, and the tape maintained its cache as an underground tape traded amongst metal fans. The expanded versions will contain more demos from the era, but there’s no word yet on which tracks those will be.
Metallica also has more reissues planned, as the band owns its own remasters and runs its own label now, Blackened Recordings.
Hear the original version of “The Mechanix” below: