It’s no secret that Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie wants to conquer the metal world – or at least branch out a bit in the process. He has guested on Every Time I Die’s “It Remembers” a couple years back, and Urie has even said it himself. So, is this going to happen or not?
Panic! At The Disco mastermind Brendon Urie is more or less on top of the music world at this point, given that “High Hopes” – his biggest hit to date on the charts – is more or less inescapable almost anywhere you go. Given that he’s already worked with some massive talent in the recent past, would anyone really be surprised if Brendon worked with, say, Green Day?
While already contemplating starting up a metal project, Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie has certainly been extra busy lately. With “High Hopes” helping the popular vocalist reach even greater heights with each album cycle, what will Brendon do next?
Apparently the answer is do something even more unexpected, as in collaborate with rising star rapper Juice WRLD and producer Benny Blanco on a new song, “Roses”. Of course, this collaboration isn’t that much of a surprise, since Juice WRLD is one of the most popular emo-rappers out there, if that’s what you label this as.
Anyway, it’s worth a listen. The collaboration does mesh pretty well, and knowing that Juice WRLD is strongly influenced by Panic! At The Disco isn’t particularly surprising. Give it a listen below.
One might think, at first glance, that pop-rock and metal might be diametrically opposed styles of music. And you wouldn’t be wrong to think so, considering the likes of The Summer Set (RIP) and Iron Maiden sound nothing alike.
However, plenty of bands have attempted side projects that were heavier, and hair metal bridged the gap between metal and pop – see Def Leppard on Hysteria. There’s a reason that record sold over 12 million copies in the USA alone – making the crossover from metal to pop has always been an easy route to sales.
In Hysteria’s case, the entire record was filled with singles. Even Queen, armed with some of the most talented musicians alive, created songs that were precursors to speed metal (“Stone Cold Crazy”) and incorporated theatrical and classical influences (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, if you’ve heard that song before).
Which makes the news that Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie wants to experiment with new genres – even metal – something to be intrigued by. Granted, Panic’s classically influenced baroque pop-rock isn’t really anything close to metal, but it would be interesting to hear all the same.