Record Store Day's Hot Heavy Metal Vinyl Releases

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Lauren Wise
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It looks like all these Record Store Days are paying off. In 2012, global sales for vinyl records hit $171 million, their highest point since 1997 -- the same year that Hanson's "MMMBop" topped the charts.

This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day, when artists and labels dish out rare and exclusive releases to fans that results in a sort-of major shopping day on the musical calendar.

There are lots of reasons to love vinyl, especially heavy metal vinyl -- besides the fact that you can play them backwards and get the messages Satan wants you to hear.

The nuanced layers of stinging guitars that you didn't know existed, jumping off of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan." The whiskey-tinged, gravelly voice of Phil Anselmo on Pantera's "Clash With Reality." Or that down and dirty, fuzzy-licious core from Deftones' "Beware."

Mmmm . . . There are few things that know how to seduce this heavy metal chick better. And this year, we get a whole slew of original and revamped metal material on vinyl.

Rob Zombie's got a 10-inch of his latest single, "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown." Deftones are using Record Store Day to kick off a series of live vinyl releases, and Avenged Sevenfold is prepping a pair of releases, including a unique "Carry On" picture disc. Soundgarden and Coheed and Cambria are giving sneak peeks at some of their demos on vinyl for the first time.

But one of the greatest things about Record Store Day is that the artists who are putting out these releases love vinyl just as much as the fans who line up to purchase the discs do.

"I love vinyl. Absolutely. I wish it was more widespread . . . [With digital,] you don't get that kind of low-end and warmth that you get from vinyl," said David Draiman from Device and Disturbed during a recent interview.

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