In 2004, music industry professional Steve Beatty started a record label whose sole purpose was to release remastered and improved versions of heavy metal classics, exclusively on vinyl. This was a few years before the "resurgence" of vinyl (for example, Record Store Day started in 2007) and smack dab in the middle of the digital downloading craze. A decade later, Beatty's label, Back on Black, is stronger than ever.
By now, Metallica fans across the world have heard the band's latest song, 'Lords of Summer.' Whether it was through the initial cell phone video, fan-made live video or Metallica's 'Garage Demo Version' of the song, there have been several ways to consume it. Adding to the list, Metallica released their own video of their performance via their official YouTube channel. Debuting on March 16 in Bogota, Colombia, 'Lords of Summer' proves to be a raucous song and a great follow-up to the band's most recent studio album, 'Death Magnetic.'
From cassette tapes and CDs to vinyl and books, Record Store Day has become an annual tradition for music fans and collectors to join together to get their hands on exclusive items that span genres. While you can pick up releases from a wide range of genres, we want to take a closer look at what rock and metal fans can expect from this year's Record Store Day, set to take place on April 19.
Metallica fans around the world rejoiced on March 16 as the legendary rock band unveiled their first new song since the 'Beyond Magnetic' EP was released in 2011. 'Lords of Summer' debuted in Bogota, Colombia as the sixth song in the band's set. Now, just a few days later, fans have been blessed with not only the opportunity to own the live performance but also the 'Garage Demo Version' of 'Lords of Summer' (listen above) straight from Metallica themselves.
Longtime hardcore rockers Ringworm have finally unleashed their latest studio album onto the world. Quite possibly their masterpiece, 'Hammer of the Witch' is a nonstop punch in the gut with killer guitar riffs and spine rattling vocals. On top of that, the band made sure to create a full experience around the release with mesmerizing artwork and exclusive vinyl runs; in addition to black wax, 'Hammer of the Witch' is pressed on black and white swirl vinyl and even clear vinyl.
In 2013, Louisville's premiere black metal outfit Anagnorisis released their second studio album, 'Beyond All Light,' digitally, as a CD and also as a very limited cassette tape. A year later, the blasphemous rockers find themselves celebrating the album for a new reason: 'Beyond All Light' has been pressed and is available to fans as several different color vinyl editions.
A band who's never been tied to one single genre, Nashville Pussy have always found a way to blend rock and roll with country, blues, metal and punk. This has never been more obvious than with their latest record, 'Up the Dosage,' a collection of 13 guitar-driven tracks so full of power and intensity, you'll no doubt need a cigarette when you're finished listening.
In 2012, Arizona's instrumental metal duo Tempel digitally released their debut album, 'On the Steps of the Temple,' to the masses. Less than two years later, and after teaming up with Prosthetic Records, Tempel are proud to finally offer their album as a physical release, not just as a CD but also as part of a very limited vinyl pressing. With gorgeous artwork and an exclusive run of only 250 copies, 'On the Steps of the Temple' proves to be an adventure of vigorous musical dynamics.