Record Store Day 2016: The Ultimate Guide

From vintage Bowie singles to a Hello Kitty picture disc, here are the best releases of this year's event

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This year's official Record Store Day ambassadors are none other than the biggest metal band in the world, Metallica, so it figures that there would be plenty of quality headbanging fodder on tap for the festivities. For their part, Metallica will not only play an in-store set at Berkeley, California's Rasputin Music but are also primed to release a special live album, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003. All proceeds from the sale of the record will go to the Fondation de France’s Give for France charity in support of the country following the terrorist attacks in November.

Other metalhead-friendly Record Store Day titles include Bring Me the Horizon's Live From Maida Vale seven-inch picture disc, Halestorm's Into the Wild Live: Chicago four-track EP, Iron Maiden's "Empire of the Clouds" 12-inch picture disc and the first-ever vinyl pressing of Deftones compilation B-Sides & Rarities. GWAR, Anthrax, Rob Zombie and Killswitch Engage are also set to drop exclusive releases, but perhaps the most explosive offering will come from Brujeria. The death-metal supergroup, rumored to feature current and former members of Napalm Death, Carcass, Dimmu Borgir and more, will vomit up two new cuts on their Viva Presidente Trump! seven-inch EP, adorned with particularly brutal cover art depicting the Donald with a machete in his head in homage to the infamous image from Dawn of the Dead.

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