Friday, December 21, 2012

Listen to Saruman sing metal with Christopher Lee's A Heavy Metal Christmas

As the final weekend of shopping before Christmas draws near, I realized I had one last tiding of both comfort and joy to offer you. 

During my earlier round-up of geek-friendly Christmas music, I might have overlooked the fact that Saruman the White recorded a heavy metal Christmas album...

Technically, it's not so much Saruman the White as it is Christopher Lee, the 90-year-old actor who decided it was time to get his metal on and belt out two familiar Christmas carols as they have never been belted before.

Believe it or not, Christopher Lee is no stranger to the heavy metal music scene. Having worked with Rhapsody of Fire in the past, Lee released his own metal concept album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 (a sequel, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, is planned for 2013).

There's just something about Lee's ponderous, ominous voice that lends itself well to the metal scene - and the fact that he doesn't take himself too seriously to let his hair down probably doesn't hurt matters any.

For A Heavy Metal Christmas, Christopher Lee set to work recording vocals for The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. Unfortunately a bit short as an album goes - I'd have killed for a metal version of Good King Wenceslas with Lee on vocals - it's still nothing short of epic and both tracks are available for purchase on Amazon or iTunes.

For those who were especially good this year, I'll even stuff another present in your stocking: a video from Christopher Lee's early collaboration with Rhapsody...

I really hope Lee continues to pursue his metal career.  Master of Isengard would be a pretty sweet name for a band...