Metallica
No Life 'Til Leather


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Review

by lais817 USER (1 Reviews)
March 14th, 2005 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


Metallica - No Life 'til Leather EP
Every band has to start somewhere, and this is where Metallica first stepped into the industry


1. The Mechanix - Early version of 'The Four Horsemen'. Faster tempo than the song it would become on Kill 'em All. While the lyrics aren't the same, Hetfield's voice still hits the same notes in the same places ie: Instead of "The horsemen are drawing nearer", it's "Who ever thought you'd remember". The song seems to be about a girl who really "does it" for the singer, with numerous references to "Giving her another service" etc. About 3 mins shorter than "Horsemen"

2. Motorbreath - The same as the version on Kill 'em All. There's a bit of an echo on James' voice, not sure it was intentional, or just a recording relic. The first solo is a bit longer than the later version, although it's a bit hard to hear because of the lack of production.

3. Jump in the Fire - Pretty much the same as the one on Kill 'em All, same great riffs and solo. Faster than the Kill 'em All version

4. Seek and Destroy - The Solo seems to be faster than the Kill 'em All version, although this could be because the song is about 2 minutes shorter. Still an awesome song.

5. Phantom Lord - This song differs from the K'eA version because it doesn't waste 20-odd seconds with that "Evil" noise and the "Build Up". The lyrics are pretty much the same.

6. Sucking My Love - Diamond Head Cover. Who ever recorded this track in the studio should be hung, drawn and quatered. The levels for the different instruments sound like they haven't been adjusted at all, for most of the song you can hear Hatfield singing.... you just can't make out ANY words at all, only the guitars and drums. I wish Metallica had had access to some more money to properly record this track, it has some real potential.

7. Hit The Lights - I guess James and Lars were pretty happy with this song when they first wrote it, because I don't think it is any different on this album to the one on Kill 'em All. Probably the only song to be the same tempo on both albums - nice and fast.

8. Metal Militia - No marching sounds at the end of the track other than that, pretty similar. The solo around the 3 minute mark still doesn't quite make a 'smooth' enterance, but perhaps that's the effect the were aiming for.

9. Let It Loose - In a way this song reminds me of Whiplash. As with Sucking My Love, the production is pretty awful. Hetfield's voice gets pretty high in some places, but hey, he was young. A pretty average song, the first solo is pretty cool, though hard to hear over the fuzz and drums. The second solo is a bit better, as it's longer, and you can hear it clearer above the other instruments. This is one song that I'm disappointed didn't make it to Kill 'em All, but, at the same time, I'm glad it didn't, as it isn't all that strong. A great live track perhaps?

Pros:
The entire Album is a lot "Thrashier" than anything else Metallica produced, although 'Kill 'em All' does come in pretty equal.

Although the production is appauling, as could be expected from a demo, you can still hear the talent shining through.

Cons:
Production (if any) is the worst I have heard on almost anything, EVER.

Not widley available (In Australia anyway, I got my copy via LimeWire. You could try Kazzaa as well I guess.)

Overall:
If you can get your hands on a vinyl or a tape of this album, I STRONGLY recomend you do so, as it is the speed fix you've been looking for. If you are a mad-keen Metallica nut, do what you must (sell a body part or two if you gotta) to get you hands on a copy.


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jonno_2010
March 18th 2005


58 Comments


where can you get this ep? cant seem to find it any where

lais817
April 14th 2005


35 Comments


I downloaded it off the internet, but you might be able to find it in some old record store or something

Insomniyac
April 16th 2005


18 Comments


lol, yeah downloadin tut tut
this album looks ok, i like most the songs ive herd on it. you seem pretty critical about the production. i havnt got this album so i cant state bout that, but yeah i wanna get it! shame its so hard to get

Iceman-rocker
April 18th 2005


31 Comments


yeah- im sure somebodies mom somewhere is cleaning their kids room after theyve gone to college and she sees this and shes like "wtf? i should auction this off"

ReturnToRock
May 11th 2005


3448 Comments


is this the same as the «bay area thrashers» album? i've seen this track lineup under a variety of different guises, and they all looked like pirated editions...

lais817
May 12th 2005


35 Comments


heh, I know downloading is bad and all, but I'd heard about this album and couldn't find it anywhere. I live in country australia, so everything is pretty limited, especially music stores. If I could get my hands on a 'hard' copy, I would, believe you me. and the production...... I guess I probably was a bit critical, but if you ever get your hands on a copy of this record, you'll see what I mean. hope that covers all the above coments etc, if you have anymore comments/death threats/parcels of anthrax, please send them to me via e-mail (especially the anthrax).

have a nice day =)

wash8burn
May 19th 2005


2 Comments


I also can't get my hands on the album. In South Africa it's also pretty hard to get hold of decent music, not the crap the 'musicians' over here try to sell us.
Cool review, would like to here it though!

lais817
June 12th 2005


35 Comments


Okay, so blazion IS right, it isn't Hetfield on vocals, it's Dave Mustaine, now of Megadeth. I appologise

masada
September 7th 2005


2733 Comments


I don't see how this is an EP at all.

lais817
November 17th 2005


35 Comments


Yeah guild_55, it's the whole lot. There are a lot of other albums out there claiming to be Metallica's first EP, but this is it. Only accept the real deal

Killtacular
January 21st 2006


1314 Comments


eBay.

zippy_66
March 19th 2006


17 Comments


I looked on eBay. Couldn't find it so I decided to look at some vinyl metallica albums. omfg I want an old skool record. I will feel so 80's

Mootallica
March 20th 2006


10 Comments


The No Life 'Til Leather is the real copy, and not many copies of it were made. Any other albums with the same list are fake.

Found a copy of this.. a friends dad gave it to me. Im happy

Neoteric
March 24th 2006


3243 Comments


The song seems to be about a girl who really "does it" for Hetfield,

Oh yeah, even though Dave Mustaine wrote the lyrics and it's on Megadeth's Killing is My Business album :rolleyes:

And this is a demo not an EP, do some research on things for god's sake.

Neoteric
March 24th 2006


3243 Comments


Also:

Cons:
Production (if any) is the worst I have heard on almost anything, EVER.

Not widley available (In Australia anyway, I got my copy via LimeWire. You could try Kazzaa as well I guess.)

It's a demo, not a one million budget album.

And of course it isn't widely available, it only was put out through the thrash underground as a tape and not publicly sold.This Message Edited On 03.24.06

musicforlife
March 26th 2006


81 Comments


Is there anywhere you can buy a copy of this?


lais817
April 15th 2006


35 Comments


Thanks Cathedral for being an absolute ass, really appreciate it dude, just a few things:
1. I didn't do a review on the distribution of this album, I did a review of the album itself

2. I am perfectly aware of the fact that this is a demo recording, and have changed the review accordingly, just for you.

now step the hell off, you jerk. note to people considering reviewing metallica - don't, everybody is an expert, and you WILL get everything wrong, as Cathedral has so kindly pointed out.This Message Edited On 04.15.06

cool guy91
April 21st 2006


25 Comments


where could I get a copy of this album

Dwoggie
April 30th 2006


17 Comments


where can I get this BAD BOy.. PLEASE guys!!!!!!!


lais817
May 3rd 2006


35 Comments


Dwoggie, as the others have said - look for it on ebay or something, I say it'd be pretty rare



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