Slayer's 'War Ensemble' Gets Shredding Ukulele Cover

Rob Scallon, YouTube user, delivered one of, probably, the most unexpected ukulele covers ever.

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When you hear "War Ensemble," the shredding opener from Slayer's 1990 "Seasons in the Abyss" album, we're guessing that the first thing you think isn't "Gee, I wonder what that would sound like on ukulele?"

Well, you're obviously not YouTube user Rob Scallon, who has done just that. Scallon has uploaded a video of him playing the Slayer classic, in which he has replaced all of the guitar parts with ukulele, right down to Kerry King's guitar solo. Check it out below.

The Slayer cover is not the first metal tune that the multi-instrumentalist has attempted. Scallon's YouTube channel is chock full of interesting interpretations of metal and non-metal classics, including an arrangement of System of a Down's "Chop Suey" for cellos.

What's the best version of a metal song played on non-metal instruments that you have ever heard? Let us know in the comments.

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    Impressive. I am forever entranced by this Japanese koto ensemble's version of Lateralus:
    I don't know about you guys, but on first glance he looked like Jason Newsted to me
    You think? The wide lense shot reminds me of Peter Dinklage... (who, at least in GoT gets massive quality time, and doesn't even play Ukulele)
    He better be wearing a life jacket because he's going to be drowning in pu$$y from now on.
    He plays the song better than I do on my Jackson... This is the worst video ever.
    Andy Rehfeldt does some awesome work. Go look him up on YouTube. Love is Radio Disney renditions...
    Way Cool JR.
    It sounds like something that would be in an old tripped out Super Mario Brothers game. LOL