Lord of the Rings star Christopher Lee has marked his 92nd birthday by releasing an album of heavy metal covers entitled ‘Metal Knight’.
The EP, which was released yesterday and is available to download from all digital stores, consists of seven tracks based on the character of Don Quixote and was recorded alongside Italian metal band Rhapsody of Fire.
Two of the tracks – ‘The Impossible Dream’ and ‘I, Don Quixote’ – are taken directly from the musical version of Don Quixote, while the release also features a heavy take on ‘The Toreador March’ from opera Carmen and a metal version of Frank Sinatra hit ‘My Way’.
Speaking about the release, Lee said, “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.” The actor, who alongside playing Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has also appeared in more than 200 films over his 70-year career, also spoke about his decision to include ‘My Way’, which was originally written by Paul Anka. “My Way is a very remarkable song,” said Lee. “It is also difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth.”
As well as a hugely prolific film career, the actor has frequently dabbled in music and heavy metal specifically, including a more than ten-year relationship with Rhapsody of Fire.
The two artists first became involved when Lee sang a duet with the band’s lead vocalist Fabio Lione on 2005 single ‘The Magic of the Wizard’s Dream’ and has provided narration on four of the group’s subsequent albums. Lee has also released two full metal albums as a solo artist: ‘Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross’ (2010) and ‘Charlemagne: The Omens of Death’ (2013).
‘Metal Knight’ is available to download now.