Ai Weiwei to release… a heavy metal album?

Known for his generally outspoken and often nonconformist views, Chinese artist and social critic, Ai Weiwei, seems to be taking the more traditional route by doing what every Chinese celebrity usually does at least once in his/her career—releasing a musical album.

Ai Weiwei

The heavy metal-inspired work is said to feature Ai’s typically candid social commentary, including two songs on blind activist Chen Guangcheng. Titled “Divina Commedia” in reference to Dante’s 14th century epic poem, the recording will be Ai Weiwei’s debut album and is set for an online release next month.
With his first record still in the works, the artist is reportedly also planning a sophomore album in the pop/rock genre. Somewhat apprehensively, we’ll be sure to post a review when Divina Commedia becomes available.