Richmond indie record label Spacebomb is not something you’d often associate with a band like Slayer. But for Spacebomb artist Natalie Prass, the metal icons are indeed closely associated with her past. She told Stereogum that though she was into music like Janet Jackson and Aaliyah, she’d often have to feign interest in hardcore in order to fit in with her male friends. “All the boys, growing up, [‘Raining Blood’] was like the song, and me always just being like, ‘It’s a cool riff.'”
So when she got the song list for her performance on AV Undercover, she knew right away which cover she was doing. Prass’ voice isn’t exactly built for the guttural sounds of Tom Araya, so she and her three-piece band find their own speed on the track. Thanks to some watery reverb and swiftly tapped cymbals, the song actually takes on a bit of a jazzy lounge feel, definitely more in line with what Prass is known for. Even with her precious vocals, the cover maintains a bit of the heft of Slayer’s original in its speedy tempo and Prass pushing her voice in directions we’ve never heard from her before.
Check out the cover below.