List of Metallica demos

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The American heavy metal band Metallica recorded several demos throughout their career.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.


Whiskey Audition Tape

These two cover songs were recorded in then bassist Ron McGovney’s garage, during rehearsals that took place in March 1982. On the strength of this demo tape Metallica were booked to open for NWOBHM band Saxon on March 27, 1982 at the Los Angeles club Whisky A Go-Go. [1]

Ronald J. McGovney is a semi-retired American musician, best known as the original bass guitarist in the heavy metal band Metallica from October 1981 to December 1982.

Saxon (band) British heavy metal band

Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1977, in Barnsley. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums. The band also had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan, as well as success in the United States. During the 1980s, Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's greatest metal acts. The band tour regularly and have sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. They are considered one of the classic metal acts, and have influenced a number of bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Overkill, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Helloween, Running Wild, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Dream Theater, Dokken, Skid Row, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, King Diamond and Death Angel.

Track listing
1."Killing Time" (originally performed by Sweet Savage)2:36
2."Let It Loose" (originally performed by Savage)3:11
Total length:5:47


James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

Lars Ulrich Danish musician

Lars Ulrich is a Danish musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

Ron McGovney's '82 Garage demo

This demo tape was also recorded in McGovney's garage during March 1982. Although the demo has never been officially released, it has been in wide circulation in various bootleg versions. Apart from the songs listed below, two other tracks recorded during different sessions, consisting of songwriting ideas and various unreleased riffs, have also been widely bootlegged. One track consists of riffs and ideas that would later go on to become both Metallica and Megadeth songs, it is commonly titled as "Jam". While the other track is a melodic piece played by James and Ron, widely known on YouTube as, "Unreleased Kill 'Em All song". The validity of these two tracks was confirmed by McGovney, during a 1996 interview with Shock Waves and also via the Metallicabb forum. [1] [2]

Track listing
1."Hit the Lights"4:20
2."Jump in the Fire"4:25
3."Sucking My Love" (originally performed by Diamond Head)6:43
4."The Prince" (originally performed by Diamond Head)5:01
5."Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)7:44
6."Helpless" (originally performed by Diamond Head)6:14
Total length:34:27

Power Metal demo

Power Metal was the name given to a demo recorded sometime in April 1982. Although the demo was never officially released, it was given the bootleg name "Power Metal" after the tagline McGovney had printed on Metallica's first business cards. The tape contained four original songs, including two new songs, "The Mechanix", written by Dave Mustaine, and "Motorbreath", written by James Hetfield. It was also, like all previous demos, recorded in McGovney's garage. [3]

Track listing
1."Hit the Lights" (Hetfield, Ulrich)4:18
2."Jump in the Fire" (Mustaine)3:55
3."The Mechanix" (Mustaine)4:47
4."Motorbreath" (Hetfield)3:23
Total length:16:23


<i>Kill Em All</i> 1983 studio album by Metallica

Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983, by the independent record label Megaforce Records. Kill 'Em All is regarded as a groundbreaking album for thrash metal because of its precise musicianship, which fuses new wave of British heavy metal riffs with hardcore punk tempos. The album's musical approach and lyrics were markedly different from rock's mainstream of the early 1980s and inspired a number of bands who followed in similar manner. The album did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it peaked at number 155, following Metallica's commercial success with its third studio album Master of Puppets; the 1988 Elektra reissue peaked at number 120. Kill 'Em All was critically praised at the time of its release and in retrospect, and was placed on a few publications' best album lists. It was certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1999 for shipping three million copies in the United States. The album generated two singles, "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire".

Megadeth American Thrash Metal band

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "Big Four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.

<i>Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!</i> 1985 studio album by Megadeth

Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on June 12, 1985 by Combat Records. At the beginning of 1985, the band was given $8,000 by Combat to record and produce its debut album. The band was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album by themselves, after spending half of the album's budget on drugs, alcohol, and food. Despite the resulting poor production, the album was a well-received effort that obtained strong reviews in various music publications. Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! played an essential role in establishing thrash metal as an authentic subgenre of heavy metal music. It explores themes of death, occultism, and violence.

No Life 'Til Leather

No Life 'Til Leather was recorded on July 6, 1982. It is Metallica's most widely circulated demo tape. All of the tracks are early recordings of songs that would later appear on the band's debut album Kill 'Em All. The track listing on Kill 'Em All is the same as that on the demo tape, with the exceptions of Cliff Burton's bass solo "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", "Whiplash", "No Remorse" and "The Four Horsemen" (See notes above). The title of the demo comes from the first line of "Hit the Lights". [3]

The demo has been re-released twice unofficially, first under the title of Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers, and was alleged to be a live bootleg recording of Metallica in the early days, however all "live" sounds had been added from various sources including the Metallica video Cliff 'Em All . This was soon discovered by Metallica and all copies were removed from stores. The demo was re-released a second time under the title Metallica: In the Beginning... Live, containing no apparent differences from Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers.

In March 2015, Metallica announced that they will be releasing 'No Life 'Til Leather' on limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day. [4]

As Lars Ulrich told to Rolling Stone magazine: "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; the U2s and the Led Zeppelins and the Oasises [...] Instead of starting with Kill 'Em All in 1983, we figured we'd go back another two years to when the band was formed in 1981.". [5]

Track listing
1."Hit the Lights"4:18
2."The Mechanix"4:28
4."Seek & Destroy"4:55
5."Metal Militia"5:17
6."Jump in the Fire"3:51
7."Phantom Lord"3:33
Total length:29:40


Live Metal Up Your Ass

Metal Up Your Ass was recorded on November 29, 1982, at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. The supporting band was Exodus, featuring Metallica's future lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. The band played all of its original material (nine songs) that the group had written up to that point, which included all of the songs from its previous demo No Life 'Til Leather and two new songs (which were later released on the Megaforce demo), all 9 of which would essentially be the entirety of their debut album minus Cliff's bass solo "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)". Two covers of Diamond Head songs were played, "Am I Evil?" and "The Prince", however "The Prince" was not recorded as the tape ran out before the full duration of the band's set.

Both the name and album cover of the demo were to be reused for the band's debut studio album, now called Kill 'Em All . However, Metallica's record company would not allow it. [6]

Track listing
1."Hit the Lights"4:15
2."The Mechanix"4:28
3."Phantom Lord"4:59
4."Jump in the Fire"4:40
6."No Remorse"6:23
7."Seek & Destroy"6:51
9."Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)7:50
10."Metal Militia"5:59
Total length:52:38


Megaforce demo

The Megaforce demo was recorded on March 16, 1983 and was the band's last demo release recorded with Dave Mustaine. [1] The tape was recorded with the intention of introducing Burton to potential record labels and earned the band a contract with Megaforce Records. It was also played live on KUSF FM in San Francisco. The demo contained two new songs which had not been previously released. It has received a number of names including the Megaforce demo (due to it earning a contract with Megaforce), The KUSF Demo (due to it being played on KUSF FM) and Whiplash/No Remorse Demo.

Track listing
2."No Remorse"5:38
Total length:9:50


Ride the Lightning demo

The Ride the Lightning demo was recorded on October 29, 1983. It was the group's first demo recording to feature lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. The demo contained the original material Metallica had written that was not released on Kill 'Em All. Both "Ride the Lightning" and "When Hell Freezes Over" (later renamed "The Call of Ktulu") were co-written by Dave Mustaine. "Fight Fire with Fire" and "Ride the Lightning" had been changed from their original versions due to input from Cliff Burton. All four songs appeared on the band's second studio album Ride the Lightning . The four demos for Ride the Lightning were recorded at the expense of Metallica's European record label, Music for Nations, at the same time the band recorded versions of "Seek & Destroy" and "Phantom Lord" to be used as fake "live" b-sides for the "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire" singles. [1] In 2005 seven other re-recorded demos surfaced on bootlegs. Out of the seven demos that surfaced, only "Trapped Under Ice" was confirmed as an official demo.

Track listing
1."Fight Fire with Fire"4:45
2."Ride the Lightning"6:24
3."Creeping Death"6:50
4."When Hell Freezes Over"8:17
Total length:26:16


Master of Puppets demos

The Master of Puppets demos were recorded on July 14, 1985 and was essentially a rehearsal more than it was a demo. The demo included five songs that were included on its third studio album, Master of Puppets (1986).

Track listing
1."Battery" (instrumental)5:23
3."Disposable Heroes" (instrumental)9:13
4."Disposable Heroes"9:15
5."Master of Puppets" (instrumental)8:51
6."Only Thing (Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Orion)" (instrumental)9:38
7."Only Thing (Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Orion)"8:55
Total length:55:58


…And Justice for All demos

The …And Justice for All demos were recorded in 1987 and included early, shorter versions of songs which later appeared on the band's fourth studio album, …And Justice for All (1988). It was the group's first demo album to feature Jason Newsted on bass, since the death of Cliff Burton. The intro to "Blackened" on the demo is an unreversed version, unlike the reversed version that appeared on …And Justice for All. "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" was recorded with gibberish sung in place of most lyrics (with the exception of the chorus' "Frayed ends of sanity/Hear them calling me"), although the final version of the song contained lyrics. "Eye of the Beholder" had two different demo versions, however there are few differences between the two besides running time and some lyrical differences, one of which includes an improvised lyric about James needing to write lyrics for the song. Most demo versions of the album do not include both takes of the song.

Track listing
1."Blackened" (forward intro)0:36
3."…And Justice for All"8:14
4."Eye of the Beholder"6:18
6."The Shortest Straw"6:28
7."Harvester of Sorrow"5:37
8."The Frayed Ends of Sanity"7:30
9."To Live Is to Die" (instrumental)9:57
10."Dyers Eve"5:35
Total length:63:12


Metallica demos

The demos recorded for Metallica’s self-titled fifth album were recorded by James and Lars on August 13, 1990 in Lars’ home studio “The Dungeon”. Four of the songs from this particular session were later released as B-Sides on various album singles. Two other songs, “The Unforgiven” and “Holier Than Thou”, were recorded as demos during studio recording sessions.

Track listing
1."Enter Sandman" (B-side Enter Sandman single)5:05
2."Holier Than Thou" (B-side Enter Sandman single)3:48
3."Nothing Else Matters" (B-side Nothing Else Matters single)5:52
4."The Unforgiven" (B-side The Unforgiven single)6:15
5."Wherever I May Roam" (B-side Wherever I May Roam single)5:35
6."Sad but True" (B-side Sad but True single)4:53
Total length:31:28


Load and Reload demos

Many of the songs that would later appear on both the Load and Reload albums were recorded as demos by Hetfield and Ulrich between winter 1994 and spring 1995, in Ulrich's home studio “The Dungeon”. A large portion of the recorded tracks were released on the MetClub only release “Fan Can III”, while other songs were released throughout various singles from both albums. Most songs were released under working titles, as opposed to their final titles as appear on both albums.

Fan Can III

Track listing
1."Load" (King Nothing)5:50
2."Devil Dance" (Devil's Dance)4:46
3."Streamline" (Wasting My Hate)4:20
4."Bleeding Me"8:36
5."Bitch" (Ain’t My Bitch)5:31
6."Fixer" (Fixxxer)5:57
7."Mine Eyes" (Low Mans Lyric)7:58
8."Skimpy" (Carpe Diem Baby)6:24
9."Unforgiven II"7:14
10."Outlaw" (The Outlaw Torn)9:18
11."Memory" (The Memory Remains)6:44
Total length:77:03

Single releases

Track listing
1."F.O.B.D." (B-side to Until It Sleeps single)4:56
2."Mouldy" (B-side to Hero of the Day single)5:22
3."The Story So Far" (B-side to Mama Said single)6:52
4."Fuel for Fire" (B-side to The Memory Remains single)4:41
Total length:21:51


Demo Magnetic

Metallica's ninth studio album, Death Magnetic , had all its songs released as demos, recorded between November 2005 and January 2007. The demos were included on a bonus disc titled Demo Magnetic, released with a different "experience" version of Death Magnetic. The track listing order remained the same, however the track list uses the working titles instead of the final titles. All music was written by Metallica, while all lyrics were written by James Hetfield. It is the group's first demo album to feature Robert Trujillo on bass.

Track listing
1."Hi Guy"7:11
3."Black Squirrel"6:13
6."German Soup"6:32
9."K2LU" (Instrumental)9:31
Total length:74:22


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