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Latest Charlemagne News

Below is our complete Charlemagne news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Christopher Lee Passes Away At 93

According to reports from U.K. publications The Guardian and The Telegraph, famed actor, singer and heavy metal star Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. Apparently, Lee's death occurred days ago, but his wife wished to inform family and close friends before public disclosure.

Lee, best known for roles as Dracula and Saruman in Lord of the Rings, also broke into the world of heavy metal with his solo album (future releases under the Charlemagne moniker) "Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains (From Broadway to Bayreuth and Beyond)" in 1998, and followed up with three more full length albums, culminating with the EP "Metal Knight" and the Christmas single "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing" in 2014. Lee also appeared as narrator and vocalist over the course of 7 years with Rhapsody of Fire, beginning with the 2004 EP "The Dark Secret," and most famously his appearance on the track "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" from the full length album "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret." Lee also narrated the 2010 version of Manowar's "Dark Avenger" (originally narrated by the late Orson Wells). More...

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Christopher Lee Releasing New Metal EP

Hollywood legend Christopher Lee, who will turn 92 on Tuesday May 27th, is releasing next week a mini album appropriately called "Metal Knight."

Sir Christopher is well-known for his devotion to fantasy and heavy metal themes, with several album releases and collaborations in the genre to his name. “I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers," he says.

The star of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars sagas inspired generations of artists with his dark yet elegant portrayals, with his interpretation of Dracula considered by many to be the quintessential, while The Wicker Man has inspired many a metal song.

"Metal Knight" is a mini album featuring 7 tracks, two of which are covers from the "Man of La Mancha" musical, based on the character Don Quixote. Due out May 26th, the "Metal Knight" track listing is as follows:

01. I, Don Quixote
02. The Impossible Dream
03. The Toreador March
04. My Way (Radio Edit)
05. I, Don Quixote (Extended Version)
06. The Impossible Dream (Extended Version)
07. The Toreador March (Extended Version) More...

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Christopher Lee Posts New Charlemagne Teaser

Charlemagne's new album "The Omens of Death" is being released May 27th, 2013. The band features renowned actor Christopher Lee, who has now posted a teaser trailer online for the release. Check it out below. More clips from the album and further details can be found at the Charlemagne website. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Portent
2. Charles the Great
3. The Siege
4. Massacre of the Saxons
5. Dawning of a New Age
6. Let Legend Mark Me As the King
7. The Betrayal
8. The Devil's Advocate
9. The Ultimate Sacrifice
10. Judgement Day

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Christopher Lee To Release Second Metal Album

Iconic actor Christopher Lee (known for his roles in such films as Dracula, The Man With The Golden Gun, Lord of the Rings, The Wicker Man and the Star Wars prequels,) has announced that at the age of 90, he will release his second metal album, "The Omens Of Death," under the Charlemagne moniker he used two years ago for his first metal album, "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross." Lee claims that this second album will see him move into "full on" heavy metal, with music arranged by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can listen to two new songs, "Let Legend Mark Me as the King" and "The Ultimate Sacrifice," by heading to Amazon.com, where you may also purchase the music. A lengthy video in which Christopher Lee describes the music, as well as his storied acting career, can be seen below. The album does not yet have a release date, but it is expected to be released sometime later this year. More...

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Tom Fischer Wins Golden God Award In London

Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:

"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."

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Christopher Lee To Release Symphonic Metal Album

Actor Christopher Lee, who has appeared in movies such as "Lord of the Rings," "The Wicker Man," and "Star Wars," has announced he will be releasing a symphonic metal album under the title "Charlemagne." The album is focused on the story of King Charlemagne, the First Holy Roman Emperor. Samples from the album, which will be released on March 15th, 2010, can be found at this location.

The band also issued the following statement about the new album:

"The Carandinis, Lee's maternal ancestors, were given the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Through his Carandini ancestors, Christopher Lee has a direct link to Charlemagne, and has decided for the first time in his life to pay homage to his distinguished ancestor, who is credited as 'The Father of Europe'. Charlemagne is a concept album with original words and symphonic metal music. Composer Marco Sabiu, best known for his collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Take That, Pavarotti, Morricone, has created a truly epic canvas by introducing modern metal symphonies, in a style which resembles a movie score. Marie-Claire Calvet, a graduate from Bristol University, transports the listener into 'The Dark Ages', with a very powerful storyline and mesmerising lyrics. A full orchestra, heavy metal musicians, choir and special guest vocalists bring the legend of Charlemagne to life."

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