Record Store Day preview: Give the gift of Slayer

For a desciption of "Psychopathy Red," the Slayer seven-inch arriving in time for Record Store Day, we turn once again to our friends at Vintage Vinyl. "The first new music since 2006's ferocious Christ Illusion, 'Psychopathy Red' is a blast of proper thrash metal by the band that invented it," they write. "The track is inspired by the truly heinous Russian serial murderer, Andrei Chikatilo, and if this is any indication of where Slayer's heading with their new album (Summer 2009) then, once again, no one is safe." Consider yourself warned.

Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.

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