Metallica have announced a remastered version of The 5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited, their super-hard-to-find covers EP. Arriving April 13th via the band's own Blackened Recordings, the EP will be available in a variety of formats —including limited-edition lenticular longbox, picture disc and cassette versions — as well as digitally — all of which are currently up for pre-order now on Metallica's website.
Originally released on August 21st, 1987, The 5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited (so titled as to prevent record stores for overcharging for a five-track release) features the Big Four thrashers' takes on songs by Diamond Head, Killing Joke, the Misfits and more. While the covers themselves were later included on 1998's Garage, Inc., the original release continues to fetch a high price online (particularly the vinyl, which tends to go for $100 or more).
In related news, Metallica are set to kick off their annual Garage Sale today, January 25th, at 1 p.m. Pacific on their online store. This year's offerings include the limited-edition Master of Puppets deluxe box set released last fall, a red vinyl pressing of 2016's Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, a "Damage, Inc." T-shirt and a promotional screen-printed poster for one of the band's Mexico City shows. Fans can also enter to win guitar strings and sticks used by the group, commemorative guitar picks, live Metallica download cards, tickets and more.
The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited track listing:
1. "Helpless" (originally released by Diamond Head)
2. "The Small Hours" (originally released by Holocaust)
3. "The Wait" (originally released by Killing Joke)
4. "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" (originally released by Budgie)
5, "Last Caress/Green Hell" (originally released by the Misfits)
Below, see Metallica's Kirk Hammett take a spooky tour of the Salem Witch Museum.