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Ed Sheeran’s collaboration with Cradle Of Filth still on

By | Published on Friday 18 February 2022

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When Ed Sheeran and Bring Me The Horizon opened the BRIT Awards last week with a metal version of ‘Bad Habits’ I think everyone watching – every single one – immediately screamed, “What about Cradle Of Filth?!”

After all, the extreme metal band were the first to talk about working on a heavy collaboration with Sheeran and it looked a little like they’d been sidelined for some more chart-friendly metallers. It’s alright though, Ed Sheeran can manage more than one riff partnership. Things are still at the discussion stage regarding the Cradle Of Filth collaboration though.

“Ed’s expressed a desire to be part of a song, and we’re currently looking at some options, and that’s about as far as it’s got”, the band’s frontman Dani Filth tells Heavy Consequence.

“The thing that interests me [is] the juxtaposition between what we do and what he does”, he adds. “I think it’s a bit of a challenge to undertake”.

“I’ve really favoured that of late”, he goes on. “I’ve done a guest spot with Bring Me The Horizon, The 69 Eyes and, more recently, Twiztid, as well. And, on each of those occasions, I’ve had people whispering in my ear, ‘That’s not going to work. That’s going to be really weird. You shouldn’t do that. That’s gonna be detrimental’. And people saying that means I’ll just do the opposite”.

Filth revealed last summer that he had been in contact with Sheeran, after the pop star said that he’d been a fan of Cradle Of Filth in his teens and “would not be opposed” to recording a bit of metal one day.

“I think it’d be great if we did it for charity, because at least it would bring a bit of credibility to it”, he told Kerrang Radio at the time. “Because obviously to his public, it’d be like, ‘Oh my god, he’s got this weird comical guy’, and to my public it’d be like, ‘Oh my god, this is a bit weird, isn’t it?’ But I think that sort of thing nowadays works”.

In the new Heavy Consequence interview Filth also says that Sheeran told him that the band are partly responsible for him pursuing a career in music. Sort of. After a work experience job at their studio fell through when he was a teenager, he took a position at the local council instead, and that convinced him that he never wanted to get a proper job.

As the Cradle Of Filth frontman notes, he has also previously worked with Bring Me The Horizon, appearing on their 2018 single ‘Wonderful Life’.

While we wait to hear what Sheeran and Cradle Of Filth might come up with, the studio version of his and Bring Me The Horizon’s new version of ‘Bad Habits’ is out now: