In case you’ve forgotten, “Metal is a Way of Life”, and there are few as metal as the legendary Christopher Lee. In anticipation of the March 15th release in the UK (April 20th in the US) of concept album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, a new promo video has been released featuring Sir Christopher along with some behind-the-scenes clips, etc.
Here are the details 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 the legendary actor Christopher Lee. According to the Heraldic College in Rome, Christopher Lee is a direct descendant of Charlemagne. 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. Christopher Lee 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.
Marco Sabiu – best known for his collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Take That, Ennio Morricone – has created a huge epic canvas of sounds in the form of a movie score, introducing modern metal symphonies. He conducts a 100-piece orchestra and choir and two metal bands, as well as several guest vocalists. The mesmerising lyrics meld with this powerful story, transporting the listener into the Dark Ages and allowing for the imagination to run wild. All these elements bring to life the legend of Charlemagne.
For more be sure to also visit the official Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross website.
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