Metallica is set to release deluxe vinyl box sets of their classic albums Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning on Friday, April 15.
Back in October, Metallica turned to their fans to ask for help in compiling any photos, memorabilia and bootleg live recordings of the band between 1983 and 1985. Fans complied with the request, and the band went through the submissions to choose what to include in the very packed box sets due to be released just in time for Record Store Day.
Kill ‘Em All, Metallica’s debut album from 1983, is often regarded as a groundbreaking album for thrash metal. The box set includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a patch and a hardcover book containing rare photos of the band from the early days.
Ride the Lightning, the band’s second album originally released in 1985, is considered a more mature release than their previous album and is considered to have set Metallica as the leading heavy metal band of the era. That box set includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a set of three posters, a mini book of lyrics handwritten by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and a hardcover book containing more photos from the early years of the band.
The deluxe box sets are individually numbered limited edition collector’s items, and they’re expected to sell out fast. They will be available in stores and online on Friday, April 15, but they are currently available for pre-order on Metallica’s website.