National Day of Slayer Creator Speaks

By Newsferatu, Writer
Saturday, April 29, 2006 @ 4:36 PM

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We caught up with the creator of The Official National Day of Slayer website. His name is Vijay Prozak, and after seeing the article we posted about his site that included comments from members of Slayer, he had this to say, "It's a personal triumph to see the Slayer guys appreciated this." Prozak lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas and manages several websites.

One look at www.nationaldayofslayer.org and it's pretty easy to assume that this guy is devoted to Slayer.

Prozak says, "Slayer helped me survive high school. Every authority figure I knew was obsessed with covering up difficult truths and meanings so no one would be offended. The kids my age had already given up on life and were determined to take some drugs/drink and get off a few times before they got old, rancid and useless. And everybody was like a character out of "brave new world," just obsessed with their own wealth and pleasures and totally ignorant to how completely insane their daily lives were. It was a grotesque time where the truth was alien, and Slayer was a breath of fresh air. They didn't mince words. They weren't afraid to hit hard and then vanish into thin air. The music was like a mixture of stormy classical, the really savage punk hardcore, and all the cool things about metal including the fun-silly squealing solos. The first time I heard Slayer I thought, "This is what metal bands should be like."

"For six years after college, I was a community DJ at KSPC radio in Claremont, CA (just outside of Los Angeles) and ran a program called "the Oration of Disorder." We played mostly underground metal but I liked to include a few bands you could buy in regular record stores (at that time, you couldn't find death metal in anything but metal-specialized stores). The station had an aggressive policy against commercial/mainstream music, which did not affect me at all, although some felt that playing bands like Slayer, Prong and DRI was too aboveground. One night I put on a bloc of Slayer songs, mainly hitting the first three albums, and just as I was ending it -- I had another CD queued up, I think it was Sinister -- some guy called in and said, "If you play one more Slayer song, I'll blow up the station." I swapped that CD in under a second and played another set of Slayer tunes. They're one of those bands that's of fundamental importance to anyone who likes good music, whether they're above or underground or even a metalhead! I've played Slayer for employees, relatives and Jewel fans and most of them have found a way to like it."

The idea for NationalDayofSlayer.org happened organically.

"Me and a friend who is a "metal professional" were goofing around and making fun of things and the idea came up. I said it would be a great website, and that I could get it online quickly, since I've been developing websites since the dawn of the web (1992). I cannot take credit for the idea, but wanted to work with him and others to make it happen. We talked it over with a few other people and they loved it also." So far, the response to the site has been great. Here's a sampling of the e-mails he's received (mind you, the site does not provide a contact, so people are lookgin up his domain registration to find him...as did we.):

    "I work at Warner Bros/American in new media and just came across this. I'll be working the new Slayer record and thought this was fucking brilliant."

    "What a dumb idea..."

    "A friend sent me a link to your site this morning. The funny thing is I was already planning on taking the day off and throwing a party! And I have all the Slayer albums.. and then some. Rawk. Write back I just wanted to say yo and invite you to the party."

    "May God forgive you."

    "Just wanted to let you know that I'll be playing Slayer at my wedding. Why limit it to the US? Shouldn't it be the International Day of Slayer?"

    "I cannot believe that while our Great Nation is at war against infidels, you would choose to promote this blasphemy against Our Lord. You should just go join al-Qaeda if you hate our freedom this much."

According to Prozak, the site is getting over 37,000 unique visitors each day, and that number is sure to grow closer to 06/06/06, the day the Unholy Alliance Tour begins.

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