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Rob Scallon is a viral internet musician, who performs blistering metal covers, with instruments that are not used normally in the genre. The Youtube music sensation is back, and this time he covers ‘Angel of Death’ from the 1986 album ‘Reign in Blood’ with a banjo.

Who knew banjos and metal go so good together. Usually an instrument used for bluegrass, Scallon proves that the banjo can be heavy.

You can watch Scallon’s ‘Angel of Death’ banjo cover below.

His video on Youtube, where he covers ‘Raining Blood’, has over 3.3 million views.

Turns out Scallon’s full time job is making Youtube videos. Since he’s a talented multi-instrumentalist, it seems like he doesn’t have a hard time paying the bills, being great at what he does and viral sensation.

On making money from Youtube, Rob Scallon says, “There’s a lot of different ways. The easy answer is just from ads. I’m partnered with Google so that revenue is split between YouTube and I. And in the case of the covers… this is actually pretty new, you weren’t able to do this prior… there’s a three way rev-split that makes monetizing covers possible.”

He continues, “So with these Slayer covers, for example, the revenue from those ads is split between Google, Slayer’s management, and myself. So everyone’s happy,”

Scallon plays just about anything with strings on it. He had his humble beginnings growing up with a drum set, and then moved on to learning guitar, banjo, ukulele, and the cello. All together, Scallon has mastered about 20 instruments.

He also has his own original music, where he plays an eight string guitar, with some complex chord progressions. You can watch the video for his song ‘Anchor’ below.

Rob Scallon is a true internet virtuoso, when it comes to shredding on the banjo, and covering Slayer songs. Whatever he does next, whether it is another metal song or something out of the ordinary, you can expect it to generate some excitement.