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Christopher Lee To Release Symphonic Metal Album "Charlemagne"

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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1. tony65 writes:

This man is a legend. Just listened to the samples and...

He kicks ass.

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2. G writes:

An old man creating metal music? That's f***in' sick!

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. johny dark writes:

It;s so f***ing sick, I love it

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 7:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. pinto_beans writes:

Post 1 and 3 seem to have two heads or two personalities.

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

I almost thought this was a joke at first, MU giving us another spoof. But, this just sounds pretty bada**. I will be interested on how they come along with this and what "metal" artist's they are actually gonna include.

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. xDecapitation writes:

isn't he the actor who played Gandalf? hahaha, where do i listen to these samples?

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 10:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

post 6-it's actually Saruman. Saruman is more metal than gandalf could ever be. He made the fvcking uruk-hai for crying out loud!

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. pinto_beans writes:

Well, heard the samples and in my opinion: it does nothing for me. I'm not disrespecting the great Lee, but the music just doesn't catch my attention.

# Jan 1, 2010 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RTB writes:

Symphonic metal?....jesus, why not do a metal opera if your gonna go this wack route.....
Pass

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 12:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. grim writes:

damn another news story from left field. first def lep cartoon now Count Dooku doing a metal album, atleast this one is something thats interesting and not retarded

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 12:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. grim writes:

seems 2010 is going to be a wacky year

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 12:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. b.bristowe writes:

Final Fantasy battle music anyone?

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 4:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Diamond Oz writes:

It sounded cool to me. I don't know if I'll buy it until nearer the time, considering I'm not a fan of symphonic metal, but I liked it.

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14. duncan hills writes:

holy f***. what a lad.

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Crushem writes:

Did not see this coming. Wizards making metal, drummers abruptly dying...strange times these are.

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. spiral_architect writes:

first of all, i find it completely shocking that christopher lee is not even MENTIONED as the star of some of hammer films greatest dracula movies.....second of all, the whole symphonic project sounds like it has been inspired by mannheim steamroller.......

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 7:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. RTB writes:

^LOL

# Jan 2, 2010 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. wilco writes:

lee the original dracula
have to find these samples

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

I love Christopher Lee

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 10:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Salieri writes:

After Listening to the samples I think "Charlemagne" will do for Lee's musical career what "The Transformed Man" did for William Shatner's.

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. KMADD writes:

No shiit plus the guy was an SAS ranger in World War 2 and he speaks like 13 languages and has appeared in hundreds of films and still fences like at 80 the guy is a badass and man amongst men.

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Cynic writes:

For those who don't know, Christopher Lee has been quite involved with the symphonic/power metal band Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire. No doubt this is where the inspiration has come from.

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Nihilist writes:

He's been involved with Manowar too.

# Jan 3, 2010 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. deathbringer writes:

That's interesting stuff, and interesting to learn Lee is interested in metal.

# Jan 4, 2010 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. spiral_architect writes:

i would say bela lugosi is the original dracula..........but christopher lee is probably the second most famous portrayer......

# Jan 4, 2010 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. spiral_architect writes:

hey there deathbringer doug! yes it's great to learn he is interested in metal, but truly, horror movies and metal go hand in hand! by the way, we share the same first name!

# Jan 4, 2010 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Crushem writes:

Lugosi was the original, but Lee I think was way better. Gotta give this stuff a listen...

# Jan 4, 2010 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. wilco writes:

DAMM i did know that the dude was in the sas
but that he likes real good music did not know that
but love him in his movies he is bad a$$ as dracula

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