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All Known Metallica Demos

 
"METAL BLADE / METAL MASSACRE", demo;
exact date unknown, sometime between 28/10/81 & ??/01/82, track recorded in James's apartment & Lloyd's guitar in Lloyd's house

line up #1
guitar & vocals; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; James Hetfield
lead guitar; Dave Mustaine
additional guitar solo; Lloyd Grant

TRACK;

"hit the lights", (originally recorded by James old band `Leather Charm`) 
NOTES;
the recording of this track ay actually pre-dates the forming of Metallica, Lloyd grant was never involved with Metallica again

OFFICIAL RELEASE:

Lp, "metal massacre", first pressing Lp only (10 track version) 
Vinyl, "metal massacre - 20th anniversary box set" - five picture disc set 
CD, "metal massacre - 20th anniversary box set" - 9 x CD & 1 x dvd set
BOOTLEG RELEASES:

2LP, "molten rock", black vinyl or picture disc
CD, "early demos 1981 - 84" 
CD, "sucking my love part 2"

"MARCH `82 PRACTICE SESSION";
?/03/82, recorded in Ron's garage, 13004 Curtis & king road, Norwalk, ca


line up #2;
vocals; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Ron Mcgovney
lead guitar; Dave Mustaine

TRACKS;

"hit the lights", (4:18) 
"jump in the fire", (4:23) 
"the mechanix", (4:32) 
"killing time", (2:37), sweet savage cover, re-recorded for `92 release 
"let it loose", (3:09), savage cover, unreleased commercially 
"sucking my love", (6:45), diamond head cover, unreleased commercially 
"am I evil?", (7:43), diamond head cover, re-recorded for `84 release 
"helpless", (6:12), diamond head cover, re-recorded for `87 release 
"the prince", (4:59), diamond head cover, re-recorded for `88 release 
NOTES;
by march of `82 Metallica had their first proper line up and had started playing gigs
it is not known if these tracks are an early demo or merely a taped rehearsal/practise session
of the three original tracks, both the mechanix & jump in the fire have alternative lyrics, the mechanix was re-titled "the four horsemen" & given new lyrics during the recording of "KILL `EM ALL" in mid `83
all of the cover versions are very straightforward & similar to the original versions
(running time for the tracks vary somewhat)

BOOTLEG RELEASES:

7", "killing time/let it loose", tracks 4 & 5 
lp, "horsemen of the apokalypse", tracks 4 & 5 
2lp, "molten rock", black vinyl or picture disc, tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "sucking my love", tracks 1, 2, 6, 7 & 9 
cd, "garage days pt.II" (with the white cover), tracks 2 - 6 & 9 
cd, "garage days pt.II" (with the black cover), tracks 3 - 6 & 9 
cd, "things that should not be" (both versions), tracks 7 & 8 
cd, "the apokalypse" (cd 1), tracks 1, 2, 6, 7 & 9 
cd, "the apokalypse" (cd 2), tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "in for the kill", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "early demos 1981 - 84", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "fight fire with fire", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "garage sessions", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "horsemen of the apokalypse" (both versions), tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "more than just metal", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "one last visit", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "up & down", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "with dave mustaine", tracks 4 & 5 
cd, "garage complete", tracks 4 & 5 
2cd, "unsurpassed demos & rehersals 1984 - 1988", track 6 
2cd, "metal up your ass", tracks 4 & 5 

"POWER METAL" demo;
?/04/82, recorded in Ron's garage, 13004 Curtis & king road, Norwalk ca

line up #2 still

TRACKS;

"hit the lights", (4:21) 
"jump in the fire", (3:56) 
"the mechanix", (4:50) 
"motorbreath", (3:26) 
NOTES;
first demo recorded on half decent equipment, this demo is not actually called the power metal demo, that name comes from an early "business" card that the band used, the name has stuck this demo was originally untitled
jump in the fire & the mechanix still have different lyrics

OFFICIAL RELEASES;

lp, "metal massacre", second pressing (9 track version), track 1 
cd, "metal massacre", all versions, track 1 

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

lp or cd, "no life `til power", all four tracks 
cd, "night of the rivvet heads", all four tracks 
cd, "the apokalypse", cd 1, all four tracks 
cd, "early demos 1981 - 84", all four tracks 
cd, "the real no life `til leather", tracks 1, 3 & 4

"NO LIFE `TIL LEATHER" demo;
?/07/82, recorded in chateau east studio, tuscin, ca

line up #3; (james now playing guitar as well as singing)
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Ron Mcgovney
lead guitar; Dave Mustaine

TRACKS;

"hit the lights", (4:23) 
"jump in the fire", (3:50) 
"the mechanix", (4:30) 
"motorbreath", (3:19) 
"seek & destroy", (4:57) 
"phantom lord", (3:34) 
"metal militia", (5:15) 
NOTES;
this was the first demo recorded on decent equipment, it was also the most widely distributed
the tracks are quite similar to the final versions on "kill `em all" apart from the lyrics for the mechanix & jump in the fire

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

lp, "metal militia", all seven tracks 
lp, "horsemen of the apokalypse", tracks 3 - 7 
lp, "metalmilitia-garage daze", tracks 1 - 4 & 7 
lp, "garage days revisited", tracks 1 - 4 & 7 
2lp, "the devil, shaved soap & gasoline", all seven tracks 
2lp, "time for some fucking danish beer", tracks 4 & 7 
lp & cd, "no life `til power", all seven tracks 
cd, "the real no life `til leather", all seven tracks 
cd, "horsemen of the apokalypse" (both versions), all seven tracks 
cd, "the apokalypse" cd1, all seven tracks 
cd, "fight fire with fire", all seven tracks 
cd, "garage sessions", all seven tracks 
cd, "more than just metal", all seven tracks 
cd, "one last visit", all seven tracks 
cd, "up & down", all seven tracks 
cd, "with dave mustaine", tracks 3 & 5 - 7 
cd, "garage complete", tracks ?? 
cd, "bay area thrashers - the early years" (with added audience noise), all seven tracks 
cd, "sucking my love part2", track 3 
2cd, "metallica (bay area thrashers)" (with added audience noise), all seven tracks 
2cd, "metal up your ass", all seven tracks

"WHIPLASH/NO REMORSE" demo, (also known as the megaforce demo);
16/03/83, recorded in chateau east studio, tucsin, ca

line up #4;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Cliff Burton
lead guitar; Dave Mustaine

TRACKS;

"whiplash", (4:16) 
"no remorse", (5:36) 
NOTES;
this was the last demo recorded before the band started work on the lp "kill `em all", the tracks don`t sound too much different to the album versions
this is also the only studio recording with Dave & Cliff playing together
many bootlegs have these tracks recorded too slow

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

lp, "metal militia", both tracks 
2lp, "the devil, shaved soap & gasoline", both tracks 
cd, "sucking my love", both tracks (correct speed) 
cd, "garage days pt.II" (with the white cover), both tracks 
cd, "the apokalypse" cd2, both tracks 
cd, "early demos 1981 - 84", both tracks 
cd, "the real no life `til leather", both tracks 
cd, "things that should not be", ?? tracks

"RIDE THE LIGHTNING" demo;
?/09/83, recorded in san francisco, ca

line up #5, the "classic" line up;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Cliff Burton
lead guitar; Kirk Hammett

TRACKS;

"ride the lightning", (6:12) 
"creeping death", (6:34) 
"fight fire with fire", (4:37) 
"when hell freezes over", (7:16) 
NOTES;
the track "when hell freezes over" is the early name for "the call of ktulu", all bootleg versions play a bit too fast. these four demos are pretty similar to the final versions

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

lp, "metal militia - garage daze", all four tracks 
lp, "death mission", all four tracks 
lp, "garage days revisited", all four tracks 
lp, "horsemen of the apokalypse", tracks 1 - 3 
lp, "..let god sort `em out", tracks 1 & 3 
2lp, "time for some fucking danish beer", tracks 3 & 4 
2lp, "the devil, shaved soap & gasoline", all four tracks 
cd, "horsemen of the apokalypse" (16 track version), all four tracks 
cd, "in for the kill", all four tracks 
cd, early demos 1981 - 84", all four tracks 
cd, "fight fire with fire", all four tracks 
cd, "live and dangerous", all four tracks 
cd, "live before death vol.2", all four tracks 
cd, "..the man is dead", all four tracks 
cd, "welcome to the ball", all four tracks 
cd, "garage sessions vol.2", all four tracks 
cd, "up & down", tracks 1, 2 & 4 
cd, "with dave mustaine", tracks 1 & 3, NOTES; dave mustaine did not play on these tracks 
cd, "garage complete", tracks unknown 
2cd, "unsurpassed demos & rehersals 1984 - 1988", all four tracks 
2cd, "metal up your ass"", all four tracks 

"MASTER OF PUPPETS" demo;
14/07/85, recorded in san francisco, ca?

line up #5 still;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Cliff Burton
lead guitar; Kirk Hammett

TRACKS; (all instrumentals unless noted)

"disposable heroes", take 1, (6:02) 
"disposable heroes", take 2, (3:08) 
"welcome home (sanitarium)", take 1, with vocals, (3:54) incomplete 
"welcome home (sanitarium)", take 2, (9:34) 
"battery", (5:24) 
"master of puppets", (8:42) 
NOTES;
"disposable heroes" has different lyrics. take 2 of "welcome home (sanitarium)" has an extra four minutes of music towards the end of the track, this music was replaced in the final version. the extra four minutes was expanded and reworked until it became the track ""Orion", many bootlegs list this track as "Orion" when it is actually half "welcome.." and half "Orion"
due to this error on many bootlegs I am only listing track detail for the cd`s that i have
the track "disposable heroes" was played live six months before the release of the album

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

Lp, "evil never dies", 1 track 
cd, "the apokalypse cd2", tracks 1 - 5 
cd, "studio jams & raw rarities", track 6 (hidden track) 
cd, "enter the studio", 3 tracks 
cd, "puppets in el paso", 3 tracks 
cd, "garage sessions vol.2", 2 trackss 
cd, "from the storm", 4 tracks 
cd, "secret demos (1985-1988)", 4 tracks 
cd, "garage days far behind", ?? tracks 
2cd, "unsurpassed demos & rehersals 1984 - 1988", 5 tracks 

"HARVESTER OF SORROW" b-side demo;
??/01/88, recorded in san francisco, ca?, mike clink producing (probably)

line up #6;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Jason Newsted
lead guitar; Kirk Hammett

TRACK;

breadfan, instrumental (budgie cover) 
NOTES;
the b-sides for the ..and justice for all album were recorded prior to the recording of the album, this track presumably comes from those sessions

BOOTLEG RELEASE;

cd, "covering `em II", track 1

"..AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" demo;
"one" recorded 2nd week of 11/87 at James's basement, san Francisco
the other tracks were recorded at one on one studio, California, starting from 29/01/88

line up #6 again;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Jason Newsted
lead guitar; Kirk Hammett

TRACKS;

"blackened", (5:50) 
"...and justice for all" 
"eye of the beholder", take 1, (6:20) 
"eye of the beholder", take 2, (5:55) 
"one", (7:03) 
"the shortest straw" 
"harvester of sorrow" 
"the frayed ends of sanity" instrumental, (7:24) 
"to live is to die" 
"dyers eve" 
NOTES:
the two versions of eye of the beholder don't sound too different, they may be the same take just different running times or cuts

OFFICIAL RELEASES;

cd, "one", Japanese 5 track mini album, track 5 
12", "one", gatefold edition, England, track 5 

BOOTLEG RELEASES;

2lp, "in vertigo you will be", track 5 
cd, "rough justice", tracks 1 - 3 & 5 - 10 
cd, "the apokalypse cd2", tracks 1, 3, 5 & 8 
cd, "things that should not be", track 4 
cd, "garage days pt.II", track 4 
cd, "secret demos (1985 - 1988)", tracks 1, 3, 5 & 8 
cd, "from the storm", tracks 1, 2 & 10 
cd, "garage sessions vol.2", tracks 2 & 3 
cd, "covering `em", tracks 1, 3 & 8 
2cd, "fanatic battery", tracks 1, 3 & 8 
2cd, "unsurpassed demos & rehearsals 1984 - 1988", tracks 1 - 3 & five others

"METALLICA" demos


Tracks 1 - 4 recorded in Lars` basement, San Francisco, CA on 13/08/90, track 5 recorded in Lars` basement on 04/10/90, track 6 recorded at bay view studio, Richmond ca on 02/06/91.

Vocals & Guitar: James Hetfield
Drums: Lars Ulrich
Bass; Jason Newsted
Lead Guitar; Kirk Hammett

(Tracks 1 - 5 are played by James & Lars only)

TRACKS;

"Enter Sandman", (5:05) 
"The Unforgiven", (6:17) 
"Nothing Else Matters", (5:52) 
"Wherever I May Roam", (5:35) 
"Sad But True", (4:54) 
"Holier Than Thou", (3:48) 


NOTES;
These six tracks were released as official b-sides to the Black Album singles.

OFFICIAL RELEASES:

CD/12", "Enter Sandman", track 1 
12", "Enter Sandman", tracks 1 & 6 
CD/12", "The Unforgiven", track 2 
CD/12", "Nothing Else Matters", track 3 
CD/12", "Wherever I May Roam", track 4 
CD/12", "Sad But True", track 5


BOOTLEG RELEASES;

CD, "The Apokalypse", cd 3, all six tracks 
CD, "Rare Tracks vol.1", tracks 1 - 3 & 5 
CD, "Things That Should Not Be", track 6 
CD, "Enter The Studio", unknown tracks 
CD, "Secret Demos (1985 - 1988)", unknown tracks


"LOAD" demos


All tracks recorded at the plant studio, Sausalito, San Francisco, CA in between 18/11/94 & 08/12/95.

Vocals & Guitar; James Hetfield
Drums; Lars Ulrich
Bass; Jason Newsted
Lead Guitar; Kirk Hammett

(All tracks are played by James & Lars only)

TRACKS;

"Streamline" aka "Wasting My Hate", 28/11/94 (4:19) 
"Load" aka "King Nothing", 30/11/94 (5:48) 
"Mouldy" aka "Hero Of The Day", 10/12/94 (5:22) 
"Outlaw" aka "The Outlaw Torn", 06/03/95 (9:19) 
"Bitch" aka "Ain`t My Bitch", 06/04/95 (5:31) 
"Bleeding Me", 07/04/95 (8:36) 
"Mama Said", 14/04/95 (6:52) 
"F.O.B.D." aka "Until It Sleeps", 08/12/95 (4:56)


NOTES;
The tracks for "Load" & "Re-Load" were demoed at the same time, the song "Cure" was written under the working title of "Believe"
"2x4" was played live in august 1995 nine months before the release of "Load"

OFFICIAL RELEASES:

CD, "Until It Sleeps", track 8 
CD, "Hero Of The Day", track 3 
CD, "Mama Said", track 7 
CD, "Fan Can CD3", tracks 1, 2, & 4 - 6


"RE LOAD" demos


All tracks recorded at the plant studio, sausilito, san francisco, ca inbetween 10/12/94 & 30/10/95

line up #6;
vocals & guitar; James Hetfield
drums; Lars Ulrich
bass; Jason Newsted
lead guitar; Kirk Hammett

(all tracks are played by james & lars only)

TRACKS;

"devils dance", 10/12/94 (4:46) 
"fixer" aka "fixxxer", 29/12/94 (5:56) 
"fuel" take 1, 16/01/95 (4:25) 
"skimpy" aka "bad seed", 02/03/95 (6:23) 
"the memory remains" take 1, 06/03/95 (6:42) 
"the unforgiven II" take 1, 14/03/95 (7:07) 
"the memory remains" take 2, 17/03/95 (6:41) 
"the unforgiven II" take 2, 21/04/95 (7:14) 
"fuel for fire" aka "fuel" take 2, work in progress, 05/10/95 (4:41) 
"mine eyes" aka "low mans lyric", 30/10/95 (7:57) 
NOTES;
the tracks for "load" & "re load" were demoed at the same time, "fuel" was played live in may `96 six months before the release of "re load". "devils dance" was first played in august `95, fifteen months before the release of "re load" 

OFFICIAL RELEASES:

cd, "the memory remains", tracks 7 & 9 
cd, "the unforgiven II", track 6
cd, "fuel", track 3 
cd, "fan can cd3", tracks 1 - 5, 8 & 10

 

 

 

 

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