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Best covers of Slayer's Raining Blood!

Updated on May 31, 2013

Slayer's Classic

Raining Blood is a song from the Slayer album "Reign in Blood," released in 1986. The album is widely regarded as a Thrash classic, influencing the genre and causing the emergence of multiple sub genres in metal. The point is, if need an introduction here, this Hub is not for you. This Hub shows the best covers of one of Slayer's heaviest damn songs, Raining Blood. Enjoy!

Not-so-amatuer-cover bands!

Above, you see the Death Metal band Vader performing their cover live, which they've also covered with studio version. I believe that the live version is a bit better, but pardon the sound quality (it should be played at max volume, anyway!).

Below, one of the strangest covers I've seen, of any song, is Tori Amos's cover version of Slayer. I was doing a bit of research on it to find that this artist has done all kinds of music, and wanted to do a bit of metal. What a song she chose! It definitely takes an open mind to enjoy, or at least get through, but it is definitely an interesting take.

The next vid is a mix of Slayer's Raining Blood with Postmortem. It's done by a band called Havok and is very well done. There are a couple videos of their live performances of this on the net, but I thought the studio edition was best of all.

The last cover on this list should tie with Amos's cover for strangest Slayer cover. It is done solely with violins and is pretty bad-ass for what it is. It's good that even people with lighter tastes can enjoy Slayer's classic song. Enjoy, and keep the metal alive!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Ha! Without a doubt, the song is faster than not!

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      Omnivium 5 years ago

      That song was pretty hard on Guitar Hero 3. So it's probably even harder in real life!

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great, I'll check them out!

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      CJ Baker 6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I love Tori's work as an interpreter. She does select what would appear to be unusual choices. But she is able to make it work.

      Because I'm including YouTube clips and a brief write up I am releasing them in 10 parts. I already posted the first two parts (100-91,90-81). I'll probably work on part three later today.

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @TheHeavyReview

      Yep, that's why I chose Vader's live edition over their studio one!

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Hmm, that comment made me go and look up here cover of Nirvana, and it was pretty damn decent. Let me know when you release your Hub of best covers, and thanks for the comment!

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      CJ Baker 6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I love Tori Amos has an interpreter and I love her radical reworking of Raining Blood. I'm currently posting a list of my 100 best covers of all time. Because I'm only posting one cover for artist I'm having a tough time picking my fave Tori Amos cover. Right now it is a toss up between this and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Thanks for the hub!

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      TheHeavyReview 6 years ago

      Yeah... the Tori Amos cover is weird. Really weird. Havok are a "new school" thrash band, right? I've seen that album artwork before. The string cover isn't as weird as Tori Amos, at least in my opinion. :)

      Oh BTW, Vader's guitar tone in that video is great. I need a tone like that!

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @Audiogeek

      I agree, mate! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @FatFreddysCat

      That's right! The original beats 'em all, in most cases. Thanks for the read and comment!

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      Audiogeek 6 years ago

      Slayer's cool!

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      Keith Abt 6 years ago from The Garden State

      I remember the first time I heard the Tori Amos version of this song -- I was in a record store and they were playing it over the store P.A. -- I swear it was probably three quarters of the way over before I had recognized enough lyrics to realize what it was ..haha.

      Nothin' beats the original!!!

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