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Christopher Lee Releases Metal Album
He sheds the blood of Saxon men

08 March 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Charlemagne Productions

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Christopher Lee Releases Metal Album

Not strictly movie news, and possibly not news at all if you’ve been following the build-up over the last few weeks, but with a week to go until release, we thought now might be the time to bring your attention to the astonishing fact that Sir Christopher Lee has made a heavy metal album. "I have been metal for many years," he says, "only I did not know about it."

That’s not a joke, or an early April fool. The concept album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, on which Lee sings and provides narration, has been put together by composer Marco Sabiu, who worked in the past with Ennio Morricone and Luciano Pavarotti (and, er, Kylie and Take That). According to the MySpace, Lee is backed by a 100-piece orchestra and choir, two (anonymous) metal bands, and accompanied by several “guest vocalists”.

It's not his first album: the Shatner-ish Revelation (Silent Night, O Sole Mio, Wanderin' Star...) came out in 2007, and if you've seen his star turn in The Return of Captain Invincible (or indeed The Wicker Man) you'll be well aware of Lee's rather lovely baritone. The loss of his barbershop trio (with Peter Bowles and Anthony Stewart Head) in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd is still a sad one.

But click here for the curious spectacle of Lee talking about symphonic metal and explaining how much he likes Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar, both of whom he’s worked with in the past. “Lots of people now see me as a metal singer”, says Saruman the White. “It’s come as a great surprise.” Yes, it has.

Vincent Price turned out for Alice Cooper, and Ingrid Pitt and Doug "Pinhead" Bradley have both worked with Cradle of Filth. What next? Our money's on a Robert Englund / Finntroll collaboration.


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Best. Story. Ever More

Posted by Jenzy at 16:44 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

I would love to hear Robert Englund with Finntroll. Might not work in the slightest, but be an interesting mix if nothing else. More

Posted by John Firth at 23:55 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Good for him/good timing
Well now that Jared Leto's obviously cleaned up the mess made by Russel Crowe, Keanu Reeves and pretty much all of the other actors-turned-musicians, it's a lot harder to be skeptical about this project. Good for him. I look forward to listening to the album. Yet I can't help but wonder how this news would have been received some 5 years ago. More

Posted by vivianapreston at 16:00 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Little Drummer Boy
Done his way is amazing, Incidentally his edition of My Way is awesome too. A metal album is just what my friend wants, good timing. More

Posted by Ethanial at 15:02 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Barbershop Trio??!!?!
I haven't heard about this. When was it cut from the film? Was footage ever filmed? More

Posted by partybee at 11:17 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Barbershop Trio??!!>!
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Posted by partybee at 11:16 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Barbershop Trio??!!>!
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Posted by partybee at 11:16 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The mans a f***in Legend!
I hate to admit it, but I'm curious.  Christopher Lee is awesome. More

Posted by Drone at 09:12 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

The mans a f***in Legend!
Honestly! More

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