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Hints Of An Ed Sheeran Extreme Metal Collaboration Are Surfacing

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 17, 2021

The thought of Ed Sheeran — one of pop music’s most successful and prolific modern songwriters — stepping foot into the world of metal, moreover extreme metal, is both a hilarious and enticing fantasy. And while the concept does sound like pure fantasy, there’s strong evidence to suggest that it could actually become a reality. The entire idea came about in an interview with The Sun, when Sheeran revealed his love for death metal as a kid and specifically referenced extreme metal heavyweights Slipknot and Cradle Of Filth. “I was really into death metal as a kid. I listened to Cradle of Filth and Slipknot and all that stuff,” Sheeran said. “I’m not saying I could ever step into that world. I learned all those riffs on guitar as a kid.” Sheeran then clarified on the potential of him making a metal album, “That’s something I’ve never thought about doing – but something I would not be opposed to creating.”

No one in the metal community really took Sheeran’s comments to heart until Cradle Of Filth frontman, Dani Filth, went to social media and essentially called out the singer stating, “I’ll believe it when I see it. Fellow Suffolk lad could come good in the end. ‘Dracula’s Castle On The Hill’ anyone?” Since then, there’s been ongoing speculation as to whether or not this Ed Sheeran metal collaboration could be an actual possibility, and recently there’s been even more fuel added to the fire.

In an interview with Kerrang! Radio, Dani Filth revealed that he’s touched base with Sheeran, stating “I’ve actually been emailing with him.” He then went on to say, “I’ve been invited up to his place. Well, he said he could come down to mine, but I pointed out to him that I don’t own my own bar or village, and it’d be better if I went there. He said he’d do anything. Quite literally. He said he’s a massive fan. He seems like a genuinely very nice guy actually.”

With these details out of the bag it’s beginning to sound like an actual project is brewing between the two musicians. And given how diverse the music marketplace has become thanks to streaming and the worldwide web, it’d be safe to say that a Cradle Of Filth-Ed Sheeran song could fair rather well in terms of overall reception, at least compared to how it would a decade ago.

To that, the interviewer from Kerrang Radio! even commented, “Even ten years ago, the IDEA of someone from our scene communicating with someone like [Sheeran] would be crazy.” Dani responded, “We’ve always been like that. If someone tells us not to do something, then we’ll do it. That’s been [Cradle Of Filth’s] prerogative the whole time. I did this rap song with this band called Twiztid in America. It’s actually turned out more like Rammstein and Beastie Boys, than full-on rap. So, in that respect, I think [the Ed Sheeran collaboration] would be great fun. I think it’d be great if we did it for charity, because at least it would bring a bit of credibility to it.”

Certainly if the collaboration was dedicated toward a charity both Ed Sheeran’s and Cradle Of Filth’s fans would have more of a reason to get behind it. Not to mention, who knows if the project would be a legit death or extreme metal endeavor, or simply a collaborative meme for both fanbases to get a kick out of. I’d bet more on the latter option happening if anything, but either way it’s sure to garner attention in both the mainstream and metal scenes.


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