Turning 91 definitely shouldn't be an obstacle in releasing a heavy metal record, just ask Christopher Lee. The iconic actor, known for his roles in such cinematic classics as "Lord of the Rings,""Star Wars,""Dracula" and "The Hobbit," is set to celebrate his 91st birthday with the release of his second metal album.
Titled "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death," actor's sophomore record will drop on May 27 featuring a total of 10 tracks arranged by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can check out a preview video with comments from Lee himself below.
"The first 'Charlemagne' album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic," the actor said. "Now on the second one, 'The Omens Of Death', it is one hundred percent heavy metal. I've done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal. I'm not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal."
Faulkner also added his comments on working on the record, saying, "Most of the songs were already there, but they needed riffs, drum parts and musical parts that reflected what the guys wanted - which was a metal record with an aim to be played live by a band."Some of the tracks didn't have any music at all and were just Sir Christopher singing his melodies," guitarist said. "I remember how surreal it was sitting in my place at the time with Saruman blasting out over the speakers! I've no idea what the neighbors thought!"
Once Faulkner was forced to leave the project in order to join Judas Priest, the position of axeman was taken over by "Guitar Idol" 2009 runner-up Hedras Ramos.
"It was a lot of fun for me," Ramos commented. "I just had to listen a lot to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and all those guys - the old-school heavy metal, to absorb the sound and the flavor of this music. Composing the music for 'The Devil's Advocate' and 'The Ultimate Sacrifice' was quite a trip and tons of fun, because I was given total freedom to add my personal guitar approach to the album. This is a great album for all metal, fantasy and Christopher Lee fans!"
"Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death" track listing:
01. The Portent
02. Charles The Great
03. The Siege
04. Massacre Of The Saxons
05. Dawning Of A New Age
06. Let Legend Mark Me As The King
07. The Betrayal
08. The Devil's Advocate
09. The Ultimate Sacrifice
10. Judgement Day