Metallica Details Reissues of First Two Albums, Shares Rare Tracks: Listen

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Metallica photographed in 1985.

We don’t have news on Metallica’s forthcoming tenth studio album, but for the diehards, we do have what’s (hopefully) the next best thing. 

After months of speculation, the metal legends are officially re-releasing their first two albums on April 15 and they’ve detailed all the out-of-the-vault rarities these new editions will contain. 

1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning have been remastered and will be reissued via CD, vinyl and deluxe boxset. The boxset versions will contain a bounty of Metallica rarities from their respective album cycles and sessions. 

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For a taste of what’s in store, the band has shared a new track from reissue. First, here’s a live cut of Kill ‘Em All’s “Phantom Lord,” taped in Paris in 1984. 

And from Ride the Lightning, here’s an instrumental garage demo of the album’s title track:

The Kill ‘Em All boxset will comes with four LPs, five CDs, a DVD, a patch and a book featuring rare photos. The Ride the Lightning boxset arrives with four LPs, six CDs, a DVD, three posters and two books: one with archival photos and another of James Hetfield’s handwritten lyrics. 

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For a complete rundown of the tracks on each reissue, head on over to Metallica’s official site