Christopher Lee, yes that one, has released two heavy metal holiday covers just in time for Christmas.
Loudwire broke the story that the 90-year-old actor has lent his voice to heavy metal covers of classic Christmas tunes “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.” I guess when you’ve appeared in over 275 films over an over seven-decade acting career, you can afford to embrace some eccentricity from time to time.
The actor, most recently famous for appearing in The Lord of the Rings and the odious Star Wars prequel trilogy, has dabbled in heavy metal over the past several years, releasing “Charlemange: By the Sword and the Cross” in 2010, which received Metal Hammer’s Spirit of Metal award at their 2010 Golden Gods ceremony.
Lee is working on a “Charlemagne” sequel, “The Omens of Death,” which is expected in 2013.
“I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a [band] called Rhapsody,” Lee tells BBC Radio. “But what I sang was not heavy metal; I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with Manowar as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became rather fascinated by this, ’cause in terms of history of music, it’s fairly recent, really. And if it’s properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it’s rather exciting.”
Do you want to buy these Christopher Lee heavy metal Christmas songs? “If the answer is not an emphatic yes, please see a doctor immediately,” opines Rob Bricken of i09.
Check out a teaser of Christopher Lee’s heavy metal Christmas tracks below, which includes some awesome cover art: