When we saw this design we couldn’t wait to get it into your hands. This is the perfect Metallica shirt for die-hard fans, featuring the infamous“Metal Up Your Ass” design based on the original title Metallica wanted to name their debut album. Not only that, the band even designed the album artwork for Metal Up Your Ass to include a hand holding a machete through a toilet bowl. That’s certainly an unpleasant image, but the band wanted to be as edgy as possible in an effort to scare off posers and attract real metal fans. 1983 was a far different time than the present, and this was an unprecedented territory in the music industry.
Their label advised the band against it as distributors objected to both the title and artwork, threatening to limit their retail exposure at a time when streaming music on the Internet couldn’t even be a wild dream. Metallica ultimately had no choice but to change the album, Kill‘Em All would mark the birth of one of the most influential bands in music history, and we’re more than happy to distribute this one-of-a-kind shirt.