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    Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

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    Can this guy get any cooler? I grew up watching Christopher Lee in the old Hammer Horror films, and he’s always been something of a “fantasy grandpa” to me. His late-career turn as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings was awesome enough, but now he’s set to release a symphonic metal album based on the life of Charlemagne! (Full disclosure: Lee is the direct descendant of the first Holy Roman Emperor.)

    “To my surprise and indeed great pleasure, I have suddenly found that there is another string to my bow,” Lee says. The album, By the Sword and the Cross, is set to drop in March, and features not just the 87 year-old thespian, but also a full orchestra, choir and a cast of special guest vocalists. I can only hope that the great Ronnie James Dio — who is currently fighting stomach cancer — is among them.

    “There’s a lot of characters in this particular album,” Lee says. “A lot. There’s Charlemagne himself of course, which I sing, and then there’s young Charlemagne, Charlemagne’s father, Charlemagne’s brother … [even] the Pope.”

    Take that, “Jesus Christ Superstar!”

    “It’s fascinating for me that at this stage in my life, people are beginning to look upon me as a metal singer,” Lee offers. “When this comes out as a complete album, it’s going to be sensational.”

    You can check out samples here.
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    Lee is awesome. This is an odd yet intriguing turn for him, but one I laud him for. If you can't take chances and have some fun whats the point?

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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    Wait, Christopher Lee? THAT Christopher Lee?

    That's awesome.
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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    but now he’s set to release a symphonic metal album based on the life of Charlemagne! (Full disclosure: Lee is the direct descendant of the first Holy Roman Emperor.)
    It's not possible for anyone to trace an ancestry to the first Holy Roman Emperor. Those records don't exist.

    and....

    9 out of 10 people of European descent can trace their ancestry to Charlemagne. In other words, 90% of this board.

    We're all cousins.

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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    I was really confused when I saw a thread posted with this title. A great friend of mine, Chris Lee, is a metal musician and lives in the area (and also does the booking for Dirty Jack's).

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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    I heard the clips. I like Christopher Lee, and it's cool that he's doing a weird thing like this just for fun....but it's not an good listen. At all. And I'm a metal guy. And I love a lot of symphonic metal. It's meandering and plodding. No real energy to it. I mean, I didn't think it would sound like Nightwish or something like that, but I think it could use some more oomph.

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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    Quote Originally Posted by gilpdawg View Post
    I didn't think it would sound like Nightwish or something like that, but I think it could use some more oomph.
    Dude is 87 years old. He could probably use more oomph to make it into the kitchen.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    Quote Originally Posted by gilpdawg View Post
    I heard the clips. I like Christopher Lee, and it's cool that he's doing a weird thing like this just for fun....but it's not an good listen. At all. And I'm a metal guy. And I love a lot of symphonic metal. It's meandering and plodding. No real energy to it. I mean, I didn't think it would sound like Nightwish or something like that, but I think it could use some more oomph.
    Haven't heard it, but makes me think of Leonard Nemoy singing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
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    Re: Christopher Lee to Release Metal Album

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    Dude is 87 years old. He could probably use more oomph to make it into the kitchen.
    Musically, not vocally. It just sounds like classical music to me. There's not enough guitars.


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