Chronicling the creative process for Pop Zeus, the forthcoming Guided By Voices/Bob Pollard tribute comic- including sketches, concepts, finished art and whatever else is in my brain at the moment.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

6-6-06? The National Day Of Slayer, Of Course!


In just a few short weeks is a holiday that I can really get behind. No, not Memorial Day. The National Day Of Slayer!

I'm honestly not a metalhead (not that there's anything wrong with that). In spite of my reviews for Fargo Rock City and Guitar Hero, my interest in metal has not extended much beyond early Metallica, Black Sabbath and Guns N' Roses (and that mostly in high school). But in recent years I have been feeling more and more like I did in high school, therefore gravitating back toward the ear-splitting music of my youth. And that music was the most obnoxious stuff I could find- rap (as it was known then) and heavy metal.

And a holiday that seeks to mock the truly annoying Christians-only National Day Of Prayer and at the same time play some loud-ass rock sounds like fun to me. And what better date then the "number of the beast" to get some serious headbanging in and scare some old people. Unlike a lot of holidays, The National Day Of Slayer requires no expensive gifts or the consumption of strange food. According to the official website, to celebrate the day you should...

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.
DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren't just about celebrating; they're about forcing it upon non-participants.
And if that's not quite doing it for you, take it to the next level by...

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.
Now that's what I'm talking about! I recommend Reign In Blood if you buy only one Slayer album to celebrate with. You still have more than 2 weeks left, so get on it!

Enjoy the holiday everyone!

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