I was already under the impression the International Day of Slayer — June 6 — was an annual holiday, because every June 6 since 2006, people have wished me a Happy Slayer Day.
I guess I was wrong, because the organizers of the first International Day of Slayer have announced a change in the status this year’s eighth celebration of metal’s first holiday.
“With the passing of Jeff Hanneman, it would be reasonable to assume that the 2013 celebration of the International Day of Slayer would be a somber one,” says International Day of Slayer CEO Jim Tate.
“But nothing could be further from the truth. This year more than any other demands full engagement and celebration from Slayer fans and hessians across the globe.”
He explained that the significance of the International Day of Slayer goes far beyond Slayer.
“The outside world was once again forced to reckon with us as a cultural movement when they acknowledged the loss of one of metal’s most important figures, so it would be a mistake to simply hang our heads and close up shop,” he says. “Jeff made music that was loud and defiant, and we must continue to uphold this standard in how we commemorate him and represent the hessian community.”
In closing, a press release asks that we “stand up in the name of Slayer, in the name of metal, and in the name of Jeff Hanneman, and remind the rest of the planet that we are here, and we will not be going away anytime soon.
“Good music is heroic and ultimately immortal, and now more than ever, the music of Slayer is exactly that. They created the battle hymns that so many of us have used to navigate our lives, ones we will continue to rely upon to as the days ahead grow ever darker. We cannot let these works fade with time. It is sometimes hard to remember that Slayer is comprised of mortal men like ourselves, but with the proper dedication and stewardship, their works can last a thousand years and join the ranks of masters like Beethoven and Wagner. This is what we must strive for by insisting on bands like Slayer for us and future generations.”
Reminding listeners that as every year, this year the International Day of Slayer will be on the same date, with the same agenda.
“Join us. It is never too late to make your voice heard. Metal is the mission, Slayer is our weapon. On June 6th, stand with us to celebrate as visibly as we can,” says Tate. “Don’t go to work, listen to Slayer!”
The International Day of Slayer Web site exhorts users to:
1. Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
2. Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
3. Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
4. Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.
Headphone use is not permitted on International Day of Slayer.
The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that Slayer fucking owns. Or owned. Now that Jeff’s gone, I feel like Tom and Kerry need to team in a new band, with new players, and call themselves “King Araya.”
The site doesn’t condone you press your luck on International Day of Slayer, but do suggest the following ways to celebrate.
1. Stage a “Slay-out.” Don’t go to work. Listen to Slayer.
2. Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
3. Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
4. Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99-percent of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
5. Kill the neighbor’s dog and blame it on Slayer.
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