Last month, in the days before Christmas, we posted a video (see below) of YouTube user Lacycute20‘s front yard Christmas light show set to heavy metal band Slayer’s 1986 hit “Raining Blood.” Well it looks like our post inspired composer Walt Ribeiro from ForOrchestra. Walt spent the past couple weeks arranging “Raining Blood” for orchestra and it sounds awesome!
How did Walt approach composing an orchestral version of such a heavy song? “I started the introduction off with violin tremolos and waterphone in order to create a suspenseful precursor for 2 reasons: to create suspense, and to have a ‘breathing point’ before the main riff kicks in. I then used the brass section to create the powerful undertone with the trumpets, horns, and trombones. The flutes were used for the lyrics – which was a surprising choice given the ‘heaviness’ of the song… I then added harp, trills, and ritardandos (gradually slowing down a tempo) to add to the structure of the orchestration. There is no rest in this orchestration – everything comes out screaming.”