Den 91-årige skådespelaren Sir Christopher Lee (Sagan om ringen, Star Wars, The Hobbit, James Bond m.fl) är nu aktuell med ett nytt heavy metal-album.
Uppföljaren till “Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross” från 2010 har fått titeln “Charlemagne: The Omens of Death” och släpps på hans 91-årsdag (27 maj).
Christopher Lee berättar: “The first ‘Charlemagne’ album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic. 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. The music in “Charlemagne: The Omens of Death” was arranged by Richie Faulkner. He completed the work shortly before he was called to join JUDAS PRIEST as lead guitarist.”
Richie Faulkner berättar; “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. 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 neighbours thought!”
Hedras Ramos Jr som står för skivans bländande gitarrspel berättar; “It was a lot of fun for me. 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 flavour 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!”
01. The Portent (4:29)
02. Charles The Great (6:23)
03. The Siege (7:09)
04. Massacre Of The Saxons (5:41)
05. Dawning Of A New Age (4:40)
06. Let Legend Mark Me As The King (5:45)
07. The Betrayal (5:02)
08. The Devil’s Advocate (4:54)
09. The Ultimate Sacrifice (5:09)
10. Judgement Day (3:41)
Christopher Lee as Charlemagne (Ghost)
Vincent Ricciardi as Young Charlemagne
Phil S.P as Pippin The Short
Mauro Conti as Pope Hadrian
Lydia Salnikova as Hildegard
Gorgon Tittsworth as Roland
Aaron Cloutier as Duke Lop
Daniel Vasconcelos as Oliver
Electric Guitar: Hedras Ramos Jr.
Bass Guitar: Hedras Ramos Sr.
Drums: Ollie Usiskin