Metal Blade Records announces 40th anniversary reissue featuring then-unsigned Metallica

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Long-running label Metal Blade Records is turning 40, and its celebrating with a bit of Metallica history.

Metal Blade has announced a vinyl reissue its debut release, a 1982 compilation titled Metal Massacre Volume One, due out April 22.

Metal Massacre Volume One was originally released to showcase unsigned metal bands in the Los Angeles area, including a very young Metallica. The future Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' contribution was "Hit the Lights," notably the first song James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich wrote together.

You can pre-order your reissue of Metal Massacre Volume One, which hasn't been available on vinyl since 1984, now via A special edition clear vinyl variant will be released exclusively via

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