Singer-songwriter Natalie Prass was recently in the studio with the A.V. Club and had the opportunity to record a cover of one of metal's most sacred hymns, Slayer's "Raining Blood." Prass' music is quite a departure from anything Slayer do, but the typically delightful, soft rock artist did a surprisingly metal job when taking a stab at this.

The lightly distorted guitar actually gets a pretty nasty sound as the infamous sinister lead comes through the amp, getting everything off to a good start. Following the buildup into the verse, the band get quiet instead of becoming unhinged like in the original. Prass and her backing band do a wonderful job of building tension and becoming powerful when they need to in order to keep emphasis on the fact that this is a metal song.

The highlight comes when everything gets noisy and the band resembles the destructive sounds of Chelsea Wolfe rather than the pleasantries of Prass' own music. Open-minded metal fans should find this cover entertaining, especially if they enjoy the Tori Amos cover of "Raining Blood," which also features some more ethereal type singing.

To learn more about Natalie Prass and get a better idea of what she normally sounds like, be sure to check out her website here.

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