Natalie Prass covering Slayer’s “Raining Blood” might seem crazy, but the Virginia singer figured out a way to make it work and make it her own. Prass turned the heavy metal anthem into something along the lines of a jazz fusion lounge song, and it’s amazing. The cover was part of The A.V. Club’s Undercover Series, in which artists are given a list of random songs to choose from. The songs covered are usually of a completely different genre, as is the case with this one.
Speaking with Stereogum in August, the singer spoke a little bit about the cover, saying, “And so for AV Club, we did that Undercover thing, and they sent the list, and I was like, ‘We’re doing Slayer, ‘Raining Blood,’ because that song is such a part of my past.’ All the boys, growing up, that was like the song, and me always just being like, ‘It’s a cool riff.’ I’m gonna make it my own, as soon as I saw that as an option, I was like, ‘We’re doing that one!’
Well, she certainly made the song her own.