Friday, May 24, 2013

The 91-year-old Christopher Lee is ready to unleash more thrash metal on the world

For a man rapidly approaching 100, Sir Christopher Lee (aka Saruman the White) is showing no signs of slowing down.

Instead, Lee continues to reinvent himself as the years pass - moving beyond typecasting as nefariously powerful mystics and assassins with superfluous nipples and picking up the torch of  thrash metal.

His latest album, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, is everything that you'd expect from a heavy metal album featuring a goddamn wizard on lead vocals.  In other words, it's completely  mind-blowingly awesome.

Featuring musical arrangements by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Omens of Death has been in the works for some time but just dropped onto iTunes this past week for the not-too-unmetal price of $10.99.

Obviously, Lee's no stranger to metal and has loaned his vocals to symphonic power metal before - but Omens of Death is more than just another 53 minutes of power noise and grinding guitars.  It is, if Lee is to be believed, the explanation for why he chose to become a fucking heavy metal sorcerer at the age when most people are lobbing unintentional racial epithets at their grandchildren's significant others and trying to figure out how Google works.

It's still really hard to tell if Christopher Lee is taking this whole heavy metal thing seriously or not.  While he seems quite convinced that it's real - and he certainly invests enough passion into his work to make me think it's real, the whole thing could just be one long, overly-elaborate episode of trolling.

I mean, it's not like he's ever done anything like that before - right?