We all like to think of musicians as existing in carefully-defined bubbles. But the truth is, most of the artists we like are just people who loved all sorts of music growing up. And just like how many metalheads had a drone or electronica phase in their youths (sorry, dude, there are photos somewhere), so too did many non-metal artists have moments of metal fandom during their salad days. Case in point, pop star Ed Sheeran has recently revealed that during his youth, he was a metal fan — and that he’s not against the idea of making a death metal album.
Speaking to UK tabloid The Sun, Ed revealed his headbanging days and admitted his interest in someday revisiting them, saying, “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. That’s something I’ve never thought about doing – but something I would not be opposed to creating.”
In response, Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth dedicated an Instagram post to the story, with the caption, “I’ll believe it when I see it. Fellow Suffolk lad could come good in the end. ‘Dracula’s Castle On The Hill’ anyone?” (The last line is a reference to Sheeran’s song “Castle on the Hill” for those of you who have never listened to Sheeran’s music, this writer included)
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While Ed may have grown up a bit since his ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’ T-shirt days, we’re sure his shelves are packed with Cradle of Filth teas and Dani Filth action figures. Mostly, however, this post about several British musicians has left The Pit, an American publication, excited to use the word ‘chuffed’ and not feel like massive knobs about it. Also ‘knobs.’
Words by Chris Krovatin