Christopher Lee – A New Power is Rising

I came across an article the other day in the Guardian that announced that Christopher Lee, the renowned English actor most famous for his roles as Dracula in the Alan Gibson adaptation, The main villain Francisco Scaramanger in the Bond film ‘Man With the Golden Gun’ and more recently as the evil wizard Saruman in the ‘Lord of the Rings Trilogy’ will be producing a symphonic metal album about the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne.

No stranger to singing, Lee is classically trained and has contributed to the soundtrack of ‘The Wicker Man’, the rock/comedy musical ‘The Return of Captain Invincible’ and played the Wizard King for the Italian Symphonic fantasy power metal band Rhapsody of Fire as well as doing some brief work with Manowar.

He returns then to another fantasy role where composer Marco Sabiu has arranged a full orchestra, heavy metal musicians and choir to accompany the 87 year old with apparent guest vocalists to feature as well. The lyrics are written by Bristol University graduate Marie-Claire Calvet and are said to be ‘mesmerising’ and really ‘bring the legend to life’.

More information and sample’s of the the songs can be found here.

See Christopher Lee talking about ‘Charlemagne’:

‘Charlemagne’ will be released on March 15th

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