Ed Sheeran says that he is “not opposed to” making a death metal album

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran might have amassed legions of fans singing sentimental love songs, but he “would not be opposed to creating” a death metal album in the future, apparently.

In a new interview with The Sun (opens in new tab), the Shape of You singer reveals that he was “really into death metal as a kid."

“I listened to Cradle of Filth and Slipknot and all that stuff,” he explains. “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 to Sheeran's comments, Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth writes: “I'll believe it when I see it. Fellow Suffolk lad could come good in the end. Dracula’s Castle On The Hill anyone?”

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This isn't the first time Sheeran has expressed his affinity for heavy metal bands. Back in 2017 – in an interview with Gist (opens in new tab) – he detailed the inspiration for his then-new album Divide.

I wanted the whole album to feel a bit schizophrenic,” he explained. “My first sort of music that I got into that wasn't from my parents was rap, metal, punk... I went one day listening to Iowa [by] Slipknot and the next day listening to Damien Rice's O. It was quite a switch.”

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has himself spoken about the respect he has for Ed Sheeran. In an interview with The Guardian (opens in new tab) – also in 2017 – he said that he's “stoked for people like Ed Sheeran," explaining that he “worked his ass off, so why shouldn't he get the recognition?”

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).