Christopher Lee: 'Metal Is a Direct Evolution of the Sounds Wagner Imagined'

Iconic actor discusses the sound of metal and his latest album "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death."

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Iconic 91-year-old actor Christopher Lee recently discussed the historical aspect of his latest release "Charlemagne: the Omens of Death," reaching the subject of the very roots of metal music.

Lee showed a great deal of appreciation for the music of legendary German composer Richard Wagner, stating that it was his work that expressed the initial emotion of metal music.

"My work, my acting has always been influenced by the German composer Wagner," the actor told Skullbanger. "Now that I have been able to listen to many metal albums, I realize that the genre is a direct evolution of the world and the sounds that Wagner imagined. I am of course very pleased and honored to have been able to carry these themes through."

Focusing on his current album, Lee described some of its historical aspects, calling it "a fun way of learning what is arguably one of the most important times in history."

"The album is based entirely on the historical events that happened during the life of Charlemagne," he said. "We tried to keep any creative license to a bare minimum. So yes, it will be a good way to introduce the story to the younger generations, who hopefully will enjoy the music."

The actor also revealed that he is involved with several musical projects at the moment, one of which he will announce in the near future.

"Charlemagne: The Omens of Death" dropped on May 27 as a sequel to 2010's "Charlemagne: by the Sword and the Cross," marking Lee's 91st birthday.

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    Got nothing important to say, but Lee is just a badass. Good day.
    The man is a true Legend, he actually disputed a scene in the Lord of the Rings with Peter Jackson because he didn't like the scripted reaction he had when being stabbed as he had actually seen men be stabbed in the back during his time in the Special Forces during World War II.
    This is the first Ive heard about his metal music and I think my head is going to explode from all the badassery
    not even getting his head cut off by lightsabers can stop him from rocking
    The comparison to Wagner feels so true! Christopher Lee is one manic dude.
    did he listen to Bathory any? because "Now that I have been able to listen to many metal albums, I realize that the genre is a direct evolution of the world and the sounds that Wagner imagined." That would be an appropriate claim for Twilight of the Gods or the Nordland albums
    classical probably had the biggest influence on metal after the blues and punk, the virtuosity of the lead guitar players directly correlates to the virtuosity of classical soloists, only the guitar due to advances in technology has taken the place of the violin and organ.
    A sith vampire that makes metal music... that's pretty brutal
    Sometimes I think we should replace the word 'metal' with 'Christopher Lee' Like: "ChristopherLeelica"
    ChristopherLeehead doesn't really work that well
    Neither does "Christopher Lee up your ass".
    Funny because even though I was aware of the fact that the Nazis idolized the man and his music, it wasn't until yesterday that I realized what a complete sack of manure Wagner was If anyone's interested, I think you guys should watch this clip (from the 37th minute onwards):
    Hopping late into that train are we?
    That's funny because the nazis used trains to... well, you know the rest :p
    I was gonna say travel long distances in an age during which aerial transportation wasn't a very affordable option for cross-country travel Should've made that clearer
    Anyone who knows music history is aware of the fact that Wagner was like the first Nazi of musical history. He always was about "german superiority" and stuff. But that doesn't make his music any less fantastic and awesome
    Because when you mention trains and nazi's, we all immediatly think of how affordable it was compared to aerial travel...