Now here’s a match made in heaven: Christopher Lee and Metal! What are we talking about? Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, which is a concept album with original words and symphonic metal music starring legendary actor Christopher Lee.
Here are the details straight from the Charlemagne MySpace page: Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross is the story of King Charlemagne, First Holy Roman Emperor, acted and sung by Christopher Lee. Sir Christopher is the highest grossing actor of all time, with cinematic milestones such as “Lord Of The Rings”, “Star Wars”, “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Dracula”, amongst over 280 movies – and still counting!
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”.
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.
Dig on a few samples and a “Heavy Metal Will Never Die” video from Sir Christopher that was filmed during the Earthshaker Festival in July, 2005, below. Look for the album on March 15th, 2010, and be sure to also visit the official Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross website.
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