The Most Expensive Cassette Tapes Sold in 2019 Include Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Tool, Rammstein and More


Online music marketplace and social network Discogs has been releasing charts in recent months listing some of the most expensive items sold on the platform, as well as other interesting data about user behavior. Their latest is a deep dive into the top 100 most expensive cassette tapes sold on the platform in 2019, and metalheads will see several familiar names peeking out amongst the smattering of releases from across all genres.

Among the more predictable (but still quite notable) entries on the list are an original copy of Metallica’s No Life ‘Til Leather demo, an advance of Tool’s Aenima and a copy of Burzum’s In the Arms of Darkness, ’cause racist black metal assholes are some of the most fervent collectors there are. Some unexpected and intriguing inclusions on the list are Spawn Of Pure Malevolence, the 1999 demo by Repugnant (featuring future Ghost frontman/mastermind Tobias Forge), some rough DAT mixes of former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin’s 1993 album, and a copy of Fever Daydream by The Black Queen (featuring ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato).

Here are all the heavy music entries in the top 100:

#100: Every Time I Die – Every Time I Die $270.00
#97: Repugnant – Spawn Of Pure Malevolence $279.57
#83 (tie): Life Of Agony – The Stain Remains $299.99
#69 (tie): Cro-Mags – Age Of Quarrel $305.00
#56 (tie): Tie The Black Queen – Fever Daydream MMXV $324.68
#45 (tie): Mr. Bungle – OU818 $350.00
#43: The True Mayhem – Pure Fucking Armageddon $358.06
#33 (tie): Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine $400.00
#29 (tie): Rammstein – Rammstein $430.11
#13 (tie): Izzy Stradlin And The Ju Ju Hounds – November 1993 DAT (Bill Price Rough Mixes) $500.00
#13 (tie): Metallica – No Life ‘Til Leather $500.00
#13 (tie): Tool – Aenima (Advance Copy) $500.00
#9: Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids – Lunchbox $550.00
#5 (tie): Burzum – In The Arms Of Darkness $750.00

Outside of metal, a few big names to make the list include The Cure, Prince, The Beatles, Amanda Palmer, Eminem, 2Pac and more, amongst a number of artists I’ve never heard of. Check out the full list over at Discogs.

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