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National Day of Slayer

Re: National Day of Slayer
June 10, 2009, 09:28:45 AM
I'm not very computer/internet savvy, in general, so I'll just post this link for now. 


click on either of the two photos on the left.  I'll continue to work on making a more organized post, but this is a little taste.

Re: National Day of Slayer
June 15, 2009, 07:57:50 PM
4. Do you think heavy metal culture will continue evolving? If assembled in a physical location, would it resemble a non-elective culture?

Keith Kahn-Harris: Metal goes through periods of relative stasis and rapid periods of change. I think in the moment we're in the latter kind of period - metal music is in the midst of an incredibly creative period. There's no guarantee that will continue indefinitely though. It's perfectly possible that metal will at some point (as it has threatened to do at periods) become an entirely backward looking culture without innovation. It's possible that at some point young people will cease to get involved in metal and metal culture will deteriorate into a space of nostalgia. There's no sign of that at the moment but it's really important that people who care about metal support those who are innovating and pushing the boundaries.


Cheers to all who've contributed to the DLA!

Re: National Day of Slayer
June 16, 2009, 11:18:24 AM
Saturday June 6th, 2009, was a rainy, overcast day in Madison, Wisconsin.  Appropriate for the Inter-National Day of Slayer, I suppose.  While the rain may have deterred some people (flaky Madison liberals) from showing up that day, the proud few stuck out the rain from 10 AM to 4 PM at Library Mall, in the heart of downtown Madison. 

Within 15 minutes of setting up, a random, street-urchin type, riding a bike, stopped by and offered me a hit off the glass pipe he had hidden in his hand - "this is the green, right here," he said.  In the right situation I would partake, but I figured this wasn't the time or the place, so I passed.  I found it funny that this was the first time in my life that a complete random offered me weed - in public, no less.  The IDoS brings good karma I guess. 

After about an hour, a completely unassuming 20-something year old, came up and asked me, "Is it REALLY the National Day of Slayer!?"  We talked for 15 minutes about the best Slayer album (I told him South of Heaven), and metal, in general.  I gave him a flyer and mentioned anus.com a few times.  He was extremely fun to talk to - a balding, "conservatively" dressed young man that actually knew quite a bit about metal.  He was really excited about the fact that it was the National Day of Slayer, and it was clear that he wasn't taking the holiday as a joke or with a sense of irony. 

At one point, early on, I remember two University of Wisconsin campus tours being forced to walk by us - haha!  These tours are essentially for high-school kids and their parents who are trying to decide on where to go to college next fall.  I'm pretty sure Reign in Blood was playing at that point - perfect!

The next person I remember talking to was a very old man.  He was looking at our signs and came up to me and in a thick German accent, he said "June 6th is also D-Day."  I told him we knew that, and he told me a great story about how he was 14 and living in Nazi Germany on D-Day (so I guess that would make him 79, today).  He asked me, "What is this 'metal,' is it the music you listen to?"  I confirmed that it was, and I told him I also listen to classical.  He asked me, who is your favorite composer?  I told him Beethoven.  He seemed very pleased with my answer, and said something to the effect of:  "Beethoven makes you think that the entire universe was created just so that Beethoven could exist."  The old man was a pleasure to talk to, especially with Hell Awaits blasting in the background!

Let's see.  I remember an older woman (must have been 40) coming up and taking a flyer.  I remember an older couple (around 40 or 50) coming up and hanging out for about 10 minutes - the wife seemed to know her Slayer pretty well, all things considered.  A group of young African-American men and women stopped by for a few minutes and chatted us up, took a few flyers, and seemed pretty amused about the whole thing.  There was a church about 100 yards away and sure enough, there was a wedding that day.  A few of the groomsmen walked by at one point and raised a beer.  At one point, I remember explaining to a man why Slayer was the perfect spokesband for metal - they are popular, but not total sell-outs, essentially.  Nat'l Day of Darkthrone is too obscure, but Nat'l Day of Metallica is too HIV positive.

The best group of people that stopped by was a German family (more Germans!).  They all had accents but they essentially spoke perfect English, I gathered that they live in America or visit it a lot.  Anyway, the mom and dad stood back and had huge smiles on their face.  The two sons and daughter were REALLY excited about our set-up!  They said this was the best thing they had seen in months, they loved our signs (the daughter especially liked the "No Hipsters" sign), and took a bunch of pictures.  We talked for probably 20 minutes; the one son really knew his black metal - he opened up his wallet and showed me his old I.D. from Deutschland.  He said, "this was when I was 15 and had long hair - I used to be a sinner!"  Pretty good line, I thought.

All in all I was pretty surprised at how we attracted a pretty diverse crowd - men, women, black, white, German, young, old, long hair, balding, street-urchins, groomsmen.  At the end of the day, I realize that some people who stopped by probably thought we were being ironic, and to some extent, I know that we attracted some hipster-types.  But I know I made some contact with some authentic people who will hopefully, ultimately, check out anus.com.

Improvements for next year:

- Red dye for the fountain in the middle of Library Mall.

- A goat chained to a tree

- A bigger/louder stereo!

Re: National Day of Slayer
June 16, 2009, 11:44:26 AM
Very well done. Great to here that some people actually followed through and did something. There aren't very many metal fans where I'm from, so I did most of my stuff alone. Around 9:30, I took my speakers and faced them out of my house windows. Show No Mercy was played in full at earsplitting volume while I had my breakfast, coffee, and read the paper. I then played random live bootlegs until around lunch time. At this time, I got into my car and played Hell Awaits all around town, driving slowly in crowded areas. Not much, but I enjoyed the day.

Re: National Day of Slayer
September 04, 2009, 06:17:15 PM
9/9/9 is almost upon us. This is another International Day of Slayer event.

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 23, 2012, 09:36:24 AM
Though I'd give this a bump as this years celebrations aren't far off.

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 23, 2012, 01:15:24 PM
Anyone planning to welcome Satan's minions to earth when the Apocalypse begins at the end of 2012? Maybe someone should take over a city and blast Slayer from every rooftop.

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 24, 2012, 02:50:15 PM
I got a kick out of reading my old post above.  That was a funny fucking day!

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 24, 2012, 08:18:31 PM
Get involved! Get on facebook, upload one of the flyers to your wall and tag every mother. I hope the website will be updated!

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 25, 2012, 09:22:49 PM
SUCK your own DICK and BLAME it on SLAYER!!!!!

Re: National Day of Slayer
May 27, 2012, 08:13:49 AM
I was thinking about a reply on that, but it might be too personal :).