Archers of Loaf


Icky Mettle

Alias A049 LP/CD/CS, released 1993 (U.S.)
Bandai APCY-8447 CD, released 1998 (Japan)
Merge MRG415 LP/2xCD, released 2011 (U.S.)
Fire FIRELP238 LP / FIRECD238 2xCD, released 2011 (Europe)

The first Archers of Loaf full length is a work of indie rock genius. Really great many solid songs on this disc. The original (black vinyl) release shows up for sale fairly regularly, but can cost a bit. In 2011, Merge Records remastered and re-released Icky Mettle (and Fire Records put it out in Europe). These deluxe editions were released on blue and black vinyl. The value of the original had been skyrocketing in 2010-11 (following the band's reunion shows), but the re-release seemed to curb demand for it for a while, but it's gone back up during the pandemic collectible boom. The reissues are all relatively inexpensive.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Alias A049 Black 60-85 4 Volatile
Merge MRG415 Blue 15-20 3 Stable
Merge MRG415 Black 15-20 1 Stable
Fire FIRELP238 Blue 20-25 3 Stable
Original Pressing
Blue Reissue

This page was last updated on February 18, 2022.

Archers of Loaf Index

Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

Estimated values are based on recent auction results or online sales.