International Day of Slayer to Become an Annual Holiday

June 6 is the day to blast out Slayer full volume wherever you are. No headphones allowed!

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After the passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the directors of the International Day of Slayer have announced a change in the celebration status of this year's edition, saying that "the world's first heavy metal holiday" is now becoming a yearly celebration.

Started in 2006 as the National Day of Prayer spoof, the first International Day of Slayer was celebrated on June 6 2006 (6/6/06), and with this year's edition being a "somber one," it demands the maximum level of engagement from each and every fan around the globe.

"We at IDoS ask you to again 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," said the holiday's CEO Jim Tate via official website. "Good music is heroic and ultimately immortal, and now more than ever, the music of Slayer is exactly that."

Tate continued to praise the impact Slayer had on the life of their fans, saying, "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."

Finally, Tate summed it all up with a brief conclusion, saying, "Don't go to work, listen to Slayer!"

In case you are not sure what to do on June 6, you can find the instructions listed on the IDoS official website below. As you can see, you can participate in some of the more standard activities, or even take things to a "problematic level." Also, the use of headphones is strictly forbidden.

"National holidays in America aren't just about celebrating; they're about forcing it upon non-participants," reads the official announcement.

The International Day of Slayer website exhorts users to:

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

    Taking that participation to a problematic level:

  • Stage a "Slay-out." Don't go to work. Listen to Slayer.
  • 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.
  • Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
  • Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
  • Kill the neighbor's dog and blame it on Slayer.

    June 6 is coming, so what would you choose - rock the party or stay at home for your life?

  • 50 comments sorted by best / new / date

      troydewinter
      International Day of Sellouts. I still can't believe they replaced Lombardo & treated him like shit.
      pearns
      Im going to kill the neighbours dog and blame it on Kerry..Not Slayer
      AndSteve
      Especially when he was the most musically talented one in the band and they were lucky to even have him there.
      cory_i
      I think I'm going to restrict myself to just listen to songs with Jeff Hanneman writing credits.
      Gortorek
      ''Kill the neighbor's dog and blame it on Slayer.'' - How's that Meant to commemorate the band? I've never seen such a vast steaming pile of undue hyperbole before. If you love Slayer and their music, raise a few toasts to them on the day. All this advice about having a hugely obtrusive block party and rioting... they're forgetting that we're Slayer fans, not rap-addled mongrels or brainless drunk sport fans.
      ripper992
      I don't get all the upvotes, it was clearly a joke, you have to be a complete idiot to actually take it seriously
      DeaThrash
      I like the fact that Sweden's National Day is June 6th. It's funny how things work out.
      Cindykt
      Does this mean I don't have to go to school or what EDIT: oops I don't have to go anyways. Study leave. Guess I'll be failing my exams then
      guitarist41
      I hate all "International" days of things. International AIDS Day, International Dance Day, International Cabbage Day, International Scratch Your Nuts In Front of Your Grandmother Day... Who gives a ****?
      MERKlN
      Good thing im gainfully unemployed it can only help me enjoy the 6th even more.
      iommi600
      Ha, I'm listening to Show No Mercy right now to celebrate my day off from work. "Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries." I thought of the "God listens... to Slayer!" one...
      Kriggs
      They forgot to mention one other big place of worship. Hmmmmm, I wonder what it is? P.S Im writing this from work
      superdiazepam
      This is honestly ****ing stupid. Why do you need a day set aside to celebrate a band's music when you can literally do that every single day of your life in the most meaningful way possible by LISTENING to the music the same way you do any other day of the week? If Slayer is special enough to get their own holiday, then why doesn't every other heavy metal band that started some sort of subculture get its own holiday? Sure its really cute, funny tongue-in-cheek humor to say "use this an excuse to take the day off work/start a riot/kill a dog" but the problem is that people will actually do that and believe it 100% and that is ****ing pathetic. This is just another example of branding. You guys can go ahead and take the day off on IDoS and go to Hot Topic and buy another Slayer t-shirt, and then do something stupid for no reason because its metal and Slayer would approve. Show your fandom by appreciating your favorite music every day, and contribute by making tunes of your own instead of being a sheep.
      link no1
      Shut up dude, it's obviously to be taken with tongue in cheek. Chill out and take that stick out of your ass.
      Metalxorxdie
      I'll stick to keeping June 6th as a remembrance day of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy during WWII and all those who sacrificed for our freedoms
      TryTheKetchup
      Brace yourselves. IDoS is coming.
      Galfadez
      Yeah I dunno pal I think most people have had enough of the 'brace yourselves' comment.
      MetalHeart14
      Wow how exciting, a national day of slayer!! Gives me a licence to force slayer on everyone else at my school for an entire day...
      yuyinyu
      With Jeff gone and all the shit happened to Dave, I don't want to listen to Slayer anymore. RIP Jeff and Slayer.
      Jonagorn
      "We cannot let these works fade with time." I like Slayer, don't get me wrong. But I can't see why IDoS and any other International Day's of bands - if there are any more should exist. If this is the case, then every band will have their own International Day, which I obviously don't want to happen. But ifsome people forget about bands then let them, it doesn't affect anyone else.