LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 4/22/2022
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: 4/22/2022
VARIANT: Ruby Red Vinyl LP (limited to 5000 worldwide)
METAL MASSACRE I - 2022 RE-ISSUE:
Marking its 40th anniversary this year, METAL BLADE RECORDS is proud to present its debut release, Metal Massacre, available for the first time since 1984 on limited-edition vinyl. Originally released on June 14, 1982, Metal Massacre showcased the best of Los Angeles’ unsigned acts of the time such as METALLICA, RATT and MALICE, and has since become a cornerstone of Metal Blade Records.
The first pressing of Metal Massacre contained 10 tracks, with the closer "Hit The Lights" by METALLICA. This was the first song drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield wrote together. "When I was putting together the compilation, he called me up," Slagel recalls of his conversation with a teenage Ulrich. "He was jamming with James and a couple other guys in their garage playing covers of DIAMOND HEAD and everything. Lars asked me, 'Hey, if I put together a band and give you an original song, will you put it on the record?' And I said, 'Sure, of course.' So that was basically the beginning of METALLICA."
"On the day of mastering, Brian and I had all of the songs ready except for Lars' new band called METALLICA," Kornarens explains. "The session was to start at 3 o'clock and we were standing on a Hollywood sidewalk waiting for Lars to show up with material from his new band, and moments later he finally arrived and pulled a cassette out of his back pocket."
01. Steeler "Cold Day in Hell"
02. Bitch "Live for the Whip"
03. Malice "Captive of Light"
04. Ratt "Tell the World"
05. Avatar "Octave"
06. Black 'n Blue "Chains Around Heaven"
07. Cirith Ungol "Death of the Sun"
08. Demon Flight "Dead of the Night"
09. Pandemonium "Fighting Backwards"
10. Malice "Kick You Down"
11. Metallica "Hit the Lights"
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