Watch this young violinist cover Slipknot’s ‘Unsainted’ beautifully

7 October 2019, 14:08 | Updated: 8 October 2019, 12:19

By Helena Asprou

Slipknot on the violin? Yep, it really works – watch this talented young violinist’s rendition of Slipknot’s nu-metal track.

A young violinist has gone viral on YouTube after sharing a stunning classical cover of Slipknot’s ‘Unsainted’.

In the video (watch above), we see the Singapore-based musician lift up her violin, ready to rock out to the nu-metal track – which featured as the lead single on Slipknot’s recent album, We Are Not Your Kind.

Also known as M Drako to her thousands of online followers, she starts off with vibrato passages accompanied by a haunting choir arrangement, before the band’s thundering percussion kicks in.

Then, we hear jarring staccato notes and an eerie-sounding glissando – leading us perfectly to Corey Taylor’s angst-ridden vocals.

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M Drako performs violin cover of Slipknot’s ‘Unsainted’
M Drako performs violin cover of Slipknot’s ‘Unsainted’. Picture: M Drako

Broken arpeggios and speedy scalic runs give the piece a sense of urgency, while the song’s B minor key lends itself well to bitter lyrics.

In the caption to her Instagram post, she says: “Composing all the violin parts was pretty taxing yet fulfilling.😂”

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a classical-metal crossover lately – could there be a new trend emerging in the classical world?

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Talented Greek cellist, SugarCello, also treated us to a terrifying good version of Slipknot’s ‘The Devil in I’, earning him thousands of fans overnight:

In her YouTube bio, M Drako describes herself as: ‘a Strings Club reject messing around on youtube instead’, and has shared several other classical-metal covers – including hit tracks by ‘Lamb of God’ and ‘Avenged Sevenfold’.

Despite her affinity towards nu-metal, it would seem the young string enthusiast also has a much softer side and encourages her fans to donate money to Singapore’s animal charity, Animal Lovers League.

Excellent work.