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Ed Sheeran’s move into metal could be on the way, with the help of Cradle Of Filth

By | Published on Monday 16 August 2021

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We may be getting closer to that collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Cradle Of Filth you’re always wittering on about. The metal band’s vocalist Dani Filth has revealed that he and Sheeran have been in contact and are planning to get together.

This follows a recent throwaway comment by Sheeran saying that he “would not be opposed” to recording a bit of metal one day. “I was really into death metal as a kid”, he told The Sun. “I listened to Cradle Of Filth and Slipknot and all that stuff. I’m not saying I could ever step into that world. [But] I learnt all those riffs on guitar as a kid”.

Filth responded by saying “I’ll believe it when I see it”, and now it seems he may get that opportunity sooner rather than later. “I’ve actually been emailing with him”, he¬†told Kerrang! Radio¬†backstage at the Bloodstock festival this weekend.

Rightly met with disbelief, he continued: “No no, it’s true! He actually touched base with me. 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”.

As for a possible negative reaction to the idea of his band working with Sheeran (and vice versa), he went on: “If someone tells us not to do something, then we’ll do it. That’s been our prerogative the whole time. So, in that respect, I think it – 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”, he added. “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”.

So, we’ll see if this actually happens, but it could be fun. Maybe it’ll inspire Sheeran to completely change his musical direction. Who knows, perhaps he’ll be headlining Bloodstock next year.