Record Store Day 2015: The Ultimate Guide

From a Metallica demo to Elvis' first acetate, these are the best releases of this year's event

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As seems to be the case every year, metal's biggest 2015 Record Store Day release comes from the genre's biggest band, Metallica, who have been enthusiastic supporters of the event since its inception. The groups' latest RSD contribution is a limited-edition cassette reissue of its rip-roaring 1982 demo tape No Life 'Til Leather, complete with artwork replicated from drummer Lars Ulrich's own copy and featuring his handwriting. Metallica's brethren in thrash's "Big 4," Slayer have their own killer release lined up for Saturday, a new song, "When the Stillness Comes," on blood-spattered 7-inch vinyl, while unabashed Metallica fans Stone Sour – the hard-rock outfit led by Slipknot's Corey Taylor – burn through the group's classic "Creeping Death" on their Record Store Day offering, a five-track covers EP.

Other headbanger-friendly fodder includes vinyl reissues from At the Gates and Carcass, an EP of three rare original cuts plus a Nirvana cover from Every Time I Die, a 12-inch picture disc of Mastodon's 2014 one-off song "Atlanta" with head Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes and a slick leather-bound, foil-embossed CD box set of Ministry main man Al Jourgensen's Wax Trax! output, including music by Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pailhead, 1,000 Homo DJs and more.

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