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Metallica’s music was primarily inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Diamond Head, Saxon, Judas Priest, and other British heavy metal bands. They were also inspired by punk bands such as Misfits, Zeroption, Discharge and The Ramones.In early 1982, Ulrich persuaded Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel to choose the song “Hit the Lights” in the first digital Metal Massacre compilation. In an attempt to find a long-term guitarist, Ulrich posted an advertisement in a local newspaper. Dave Mustaine from Huntington Beach, California, who was now playing for Panic responded and scheduled a test session. Ulrich and Hetfield were overly impressed with Mustaine’s warm-up and instrumental, and invited Mustaine to join the band even before the actual test began.
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In March and April 1982, several small demos were recorded with this membership, including Hit The Lights, Ron’s Garage (recorded at McGoveney’s garage) and Power Metal.A few months later the band recorded a full demo, No Life ‘Til Leather – which quickly gained attention in the pirated tape world. Metallica released another live demo, Metal Up Your Ass.Later that year, Ron McGovney left the band after being poured beer on the bass by Dave Mustaine. After watching a band called Trauma play, Metallica asked Trauma’s bassist Cliff Burton to play for them. Burton agrees on the condition that Metallica move to his hometown in San Francisco. Together with Burton, the band demoed Megaforce.