Because it’s his 91st birthday next week, and, you know, he’s Christopher Lee.
Actor Christopher Lee plans to celebrate his 91st birthday in unusual fashion: by releasing a new heavy metal album based on the life of the French ruler Charlemagne. Recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death is the follow-up to Lee’s 2010 release Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.
“The first Charlemagne album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic,” Lee, who is best known for his role as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, told The Guardian. “Now on the second one, The Omens of Death, it is 100 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.”