In case you missed the news, Hammer Films mainstay, Sir Christopher Lee is deep in the throes of creating an epic Metal concept album based on the life of Charlemagne. You know Lee as playing Dracula in a host of Hammer Horror Films, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man and as Saruman in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. What you may have been unaware of is the fact that Lee is a descendant of Charlemagne who is best revered as the founding father of both the French and German monarchies. And you may have also been unaware that Lee is a classically trained singer who loves epic Metal.
Lee’s voice has been exlated before. Let us not forget his work for The Wicker Man soundtrack (it should be mentioned that in 2010, the film The Wicker Tree, will be released. Lee reprises his role as Lord Summerisle in Robin Hardy’s remaining of his own 1973 film). He also has released a solo album (2006’s Revelation), and appeared on albums with Italian symphonic Metal band Rhapsody. It’s been a natural progression for Lee. The album “Charlemagne: By The Sword and the Cross” has a slated release date for the Ides of March (March 15,2010).