Marking its 40th anniversary this year, Metal Blade Records will present its debut release, Metal Massacre Volume One, for the first time since 1984 ,on limited-edition vinyl. Originally released on June 14, 1982, Metal Massacre showcased the best of Los Angeles’ unsigned acts of the time such as Metallica, Ratt, and Malice. This special release will be available worldwide on April 22nd, 2022.

The 40th anniversary reissue track list includes all songs originally featured on the first and second pressing of the compilation. This limited-edition Ruby Red vinyl variant will be available to 5000 copies worldwide from Metal Blade, and 2,000 copies pressed on clear vinyl exclusively available at metallica.com. The first 250 US pre-orders at Metal Blade will receive an exclusive patch also.

Multiple events throughout the US are also scheduled for the 40th celebration including the a Metal Blade sponsored tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, and Revocation. The tour is currently hitting all four corners of the US through March 26th.

Regional events across the US have begun, starting with Chicago’s favorite metal kitchen KUMA’S CORNER celebrating the label all year long with a unique, hand-curated menu including the Slagel-style burger, Hit The Lights Mac N Cheese, the Metal Massacre burger and the Eric Wagner / Trouble burger ($1 of every Metal Blade-related burger will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis societies of Illinois and Colorado).

The Metal Blade Museum will open its doors in Las Vegas later this year where fans can see memorabilia and artifacts dating back to the label’s inception.

Until more events are announced, head to metalblade.com/40thanniversary and stream a special 80’s-inspired playlist, personally selected by Brian Slagel, featuring some of the era’s hottest bands.

Metal Massacre Volume I Track Listing 2022 Re-Issue:

SIDE ONE:
1 – STEELER – “COLD DAY IN HELL”
2 – BITCH – “LIVE FOR THE WHIP”
3 – MALICE – “CAPTIVE OF LIGHT”
4 – RATT – “TELL THE WORLD”
5 – AVATAR – “OCTAVE”

SIDE TWO:
1 – BLACK ‘N BLUE – “CHAINS AROUND HEAVEN”
2 – CIRITH UNGOL – “DEATH OF THE SUN”
3 – DEMON FLIGHT – “DEAD OF THE NIGHT”
4 – PANDEMONIUM – “FIGHTING BACKWARDS”
5 – MALICE – “KICK YOU DOWN”
6 – METALLICA – “HIT THE LIGHTS”