Record Store Day is right around the corner, with plenty of specialty items heading to independent record stores. This year's event takes place in participating stores on April 20 and a number of top acts are preparing fresh vinyl releases to attract fans to the old-school way of buying new music.

Artists from all genres are participating, but we're focusing on the hard rock and metal acts who have specialty items heading to stores. Avenged Sevenfold are prepping a pair of offerings, including a unique 'Carry On' picture disc. Rob Zombie's got a 10-inch of his latest single, 'Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown' en route. Deftones are using Record Store Day to kick off a series of live vinyl releases, and acts like Soundgarden and Coheed and Cambria are giving fans a peek behind the curtain by offering some of their demos on vinyl for the first time.

Classic albums from Linkin Park, At the Drive-In, Mad SeasonPorno for Pyros and Joan Jett are making their return on vinyl for the occasion. Plus, in addition to Deftones, there are live performance-centric offerings from Bon Jovi, Avenged Sevenfold, Imagine Dragons and Rocket from the Crypt heading to stores.

Start saving your money and circle April 20 on your calendar for the 2013 edition of Record Store Day. Check out the listing of some of hard rock and metal's Record Store Day releases below:

2013 Records Store Day Hard Rock + Metal Guide

Aerosmith, 'Aerosmith' -- Record Store Day First release.
Aerosmith, 'Get Your Wings' -- Record Store Day First release.
Aerosmith, 'Toys in the Attic' -- Record Store Day First release.
All That Remains, 'Fall of Ideals' 12-inch.
At the Drive-In, 'Relationship of Command' -- Exclusive RSD re-issue.
Avenged Sevenfold, 'Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough' -- 12-inch.
Avenged Sevenfold, 'Carry On' -- 12-inch picture disc.
Between the Buried & Me, 'The Anatomy Of' -- 12-inch.
Biffy Clyro, 'Black Chandelier' -- 7-inch.
The Black Keys / Stooges, 'Side by Side: No Fun' -- 7-inch split
Bon Jovi, 'Bon Jovi Live' -- 12-inch 4-song picture disc.
Coheed & Cambria, 'The Afterman: Descension (Big Beige Demos)' -- 12-inch.
Deftones, 'Live: Volume 1: Selections From Adrenaline' -- 12-inch.
Dio, 'Magica' -- 12-inch picture disc.
Dio, 'Side by Side: Holy Diver' -- 7-inch
Foals, 'Holy Fire' -- 12-inch.
Imagine Dragons, 'Live at Independent Records' -- CD.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 'Album' -- 12-inch.
Katatonia, 'Buildings' -- 7-inch.
Lamb of God, 'New American Gospel (Grey Marble Edition)' -- 12-inch.
Linkin Park, 'Hybrid Theory' -- 12-inch.
Mad Season, 'Above (Expanded Edition Vinyl) -- Record Store Day First release.
Misfits, 'Side by Side: Skulls' -- 7-inch picture disc.
Porno for Pyros, 'Porno for Pyros' -- 12-inch.
Puscifer, 'V Is for Vagina' -- 12-inch.
Rocket From the Crypt, 'Group Sounds' -- Vinyl.
Rocket From the Crypt, 'Live From Camp X-Ray' -- 12-inch.
Silverstein, 'Four Minutes Being Cool' -- 7-inch.
Snapcase, 'Steps' -- 12-inch.
Soundgarden, 'Animal Demos' -- 10-inch LP.
Toadies and Sarah Jaffe, 'Down by the Water' -- 7-inch.
Various Artists, 'Wind-Up Records - 15th Anniversary' -- 10-inch.
Various Artists, 'No Alternative (20th Anniversary Edition) -- 12-inch.
Rob Zombie, 'Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown / Teenage Nosferatu Pussy (Explicit)' -- 10-inch.

To learn more about Record Store Day, see participating stores and check the full list of specialty releases, click here.

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