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Acoustic guitars could soon be a thing of the past for Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran, as he’s indicated that he’d be down to release a death metal album in the future.
Speaking to The Sun, the “Shape of You” singer revealed that he was “really into death metal as a kid”.
“I listened to Cradle of Filth and Slipnot and all that stuff.
“I’m not saying I could ever step into that world. I learnt all those riffs on guitar as a kid.
“That’s something I’ve never thought about doing, but something I would not be opposed to creating,” he said.
Cradle of Flith’s lead vocalist Dani Filth, however, is sceptical, taking to Instagram to say “I’ll believe it when I see it”.
“Fellow Suffolk lad could come good in the end. “Dracula’s Castle On The Hill” anyone,” he added.
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Nice try, Filth. Though we prefer “Lego House of Horrors” and “How Would You Feel (Pain)”.
While Filth is more doubtful, Twitter users commented on the news to say they would be open to giving a death metal album from Sheeran a listen:
I do NOT like Ed Sheeran but I would pay good money to hear this or - even better - to see him perform it on tour a… https://t.co/WF3wlaVNBN — ً (@ً)
i for one hope this happens. think of how funny this would be. the shape of you guy screeching into a microphone fo… https://t.co/KwkmRTaBRj — april (@april)
fucking hell imagine that playing on the radio, banger tha https://t.co/1Z2Yg9OjUZ — AydenTVHD full movie 2016 bluray utorrent engsub🌳 (@AydenTVHD full movie 2016 bluray utorrent engsub🌳)
let the man do this. get Gene Hoglan on drums. I want to hear it. do we think he’ll do cookie monster vocals, or mo… https://t.co/0yik5QVPDr — Good Willsmith (@Good Willsmith)
you know, this is actually really fucking intriguing. like i'm just wondering what made him consciously press the p… https://t.co/9DjYFtlSRK — heejina george (@heejina george)
finally he’s going to make music about death, instead of music that makes me want to die https://t.co/QqB1xc2GJa — that mf dawg (@that mf dawg)
People really need to understand that this would be awesome https://t.co/rFiV7uFAhu — Ej Dickson (@Ej Dickson)
Others, however, are more critical, with some ridiculing the bands Sheeran considers ‘death metal’:
I absolutely love that by death metal, Ed Sheeran refers to bands such as Slipknot and Cradle of Filth lmao https://t.co/6WIRpyoGRl — Kha Verna🌗 (@Kha Verna🌗)
Ah yes, those classic death metal bands…Slipknot and Cradle of Filth. Was he also a fan of the notorious black meta… https://t.co/R1gDhDc7Hh — Brandon The Mandon (@Brandon The Mandon)
Cradle of Filth and Slipknot are NOT death metal dude.😂 https://t.co/T7bvVifmZV — Inhale the Heavy (@Inhale the Heavy)
Whether Sheeran will actually dive into death metal remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t be the first time that the singer has branched out into different genres.
Sheeran released his first single from his upcoming fifth studio album at the end of June, with “Bad Habits” seeing the musician explore a more electro-pop style.
The album is currently untitled, but it’s rumoured that it will be called Subtract, completing the collection of mathematical symbols from previous records like a dysfunctional maths teacher.