Las Vegas Raiders House Band covers classic Slayer song, adds Horns + Orchestra

At the last NFL game of the regular season Las Vegas Raiders played a home game at the Allegiant against the Kansas City Chiefs, where the team’s house band played a short orchestral cover of Slayer’s classic song “South of Heaven”.

Song title, taken off Kills‘s 1988 album of the same name pretty much sums up the season for the Raiders, which fell short of the high expectations under first-year head coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The team suffered a 31–13 defeat at the hands of their AFC West rivals, who claimed the No. 1 AFC playoff seed with their 14th win of the season.

Amid the ups and downs of a 4-3 record at home for the Raiders this season, at least there is consistency with the team’s house band — a 19-piece ensemble led by composer, conductor and trumpeter David Perrico, with four singers, five horns, an all-female six-piece string section and a four-piece rhythm section.

As you’d expect, the band backing the NFL’s most metal-like team (have you seen that fan in the photo above?!) are well-versed in rock and metal, having covered Guns ‘n’ Roses“Sweet Child O’ Mine” and Sammy Hagar‘There’s Only One Way to Rock’ during the 2021 season.

But it’s their twist on “South of Heaven” that’s particularly exciting, mainly because it’s a pretty extreme song to front more than 62,000 fans present at the regular season finale. Slayer isn’t exactly mainstream, but King is also a huge Raiders fan, so that probably explains it. He was straight shown on the big screen at Allegiant Stadium in December when the team played the Patriots and won at the end of the game one of the most bizarre endings in NFL history.

See the house band’s live performances further down the page.

Just don’t expect to see Slayer play the song live again. Their 2019 retirement looks even more solid year-to-year with King recently expressed he felt “anger” at what he called a “premature” decision to call it a career.

Now it’s the Raiders who will have to make big decisions about their own future, potentially parting ways with longtime quarterback Derek Carr prematurely. In the 2022 offseason, he renewed his contract with the team through the 2025 season, but it appears the Raiders will seek a trade partner despite Carr’s no-trade clause after benching him and making him inactive in the offseason two matches.

The New York Jets, who have been starved of competent quarterback play for several years and so far have not developed 2021 No. 2 overall draft pick Zach Wilson, figure to be a candidate to land Carr’s services under center. The Washington Commanders, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and other teams also have major uncertainties at the quarterback positions after missing the playoffs this season.

And as for King, he’ll be playing for a new team, so to speak, still working behind the scenes on one new band with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph.

Las Vegas Raiders House Band Covers Slayer’s “South of Heaven” (January 7, 2023)

Las Vegas Raiders House Band Covers Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (September 13, 2021)

Las Vegas Raiders House Band Covers Sammy Hagar’s “There’s Only One Way to Rock” (Nov 11, 2021)

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