The Spirit of Metal Fades: Christopher Lee Dies, Aged 93

CHRISTOPHER Lee, best known for his roles in Dracula films, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, lesser known for his ventures in metal, passed away in hospital on Sunday morning.

A renowned and iconic actor, Lee sporadically dabbled in music between his acting work and, towards the end of his life, released two full-length metal albums, becoming the oldest metal performer in history at the age of 90. His first album, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross was a fusion of acting and music, with Lee playing the part of King Charlemagne. He won the “Spirit of Metal” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony for the album and reprised his role as the aforementioned king in the follow-up: Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. Additionally, Lee had three Christmas themed metal EPs. Seemingly humorous in tone, one of them featured a track entitled “Jingle Hell”.

Watch the video for Christopher Lee’s “The Bloody Verdict of Verden”:

RIP Sir Christopher Lee

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