Panic! at the Disco has already reinvented itself a few times, but their latest direction will come as a surprise. Speaking to Rock Sound after the group won that outlet's Artist of the Year Award, Brendon Urie revealed that he wants to do a heavy metal project.
"I still have so many different things that I want to do, particularly in terms of genres," Urie said. "I want to do a metal project in particular. I actually just played something for my bandmates recently - we have an old song called ‘The Calendar’ and I made a metal version of it."
It's not hard to imagine Panic! at the Disco stepping into the metal genre creatively; the band's music already has plenty of attitudes and a certain amount of swagger, as evidenced by songs like their hit "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." That song is basically Urie telling everyone off through song, and it's still popular 12 years and more than 250 million hits on YouTube later.
The question would be if they're able to come up with a truly metal sound. The band has nestled itself comfortably in a pop-rock space; they're more on the rock side of that spectrum, but their current sound isn't anywhere near metal and not necessarily even hard rock. They'd have to step far out of their musical comfort zone if they did a whole metal album.
But that's also the appeal of it, for both Urie and Panic! At The Disco fans. As Urie explained to Rock Sound, he likes to experiment with different genres and aesthetics. Each one of the group's albums so far has had its own direction, its own style, and its own tone. That's part of their appeal.
So unlike other bands that generally stay in their line, Panic! At The Disco is used to mixing things up and so are the people who listen to them. Their fans would be more receptive to a metal album and appreciate that Urie and his bandmates were trying something so different.
While Panic! At The Disco's metal album is just an idea at this point, the band's Pray For The Wicked Tour is very much real. Panic! At The Disco will continue to bring their genre-bending music to live audiences around the country through Feb. 20, and you can get tickets to see Panic! At The Disco live here at AXS.
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