The Hobbit actor Christopher Lee has revealed that he will release a heavy metal album on his 91st birthday.
Lee, who also starred in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy as Saruman and as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, recorded ‘Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death’ with Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner.
Speaking to the Guardian about the LP, which is the follow-up to his 2010 effort ‘Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross’, Lee said: “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 100 per cent 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.”
Faulkner, meanwhile, added: “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.”
You can watch a video preview of the LP, which will be released on May 27, by clicking at the bottom of the page. Lee is set to reprise his role as Saruman in the next instalment of The Hobbit, titled The Desolation Of Smaug, in December this year. The final part, There And Back Again, will follow in December 2014.