92-year-old Hobbit worrier and paid-up movie legend Christopher Lee has recorded a new heavy metal Christmas single.
'Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing' takes in a number of notable festive carols, medley-style, sung over thrashing guitars.
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Among the standards on the track are ‘Silent Night’, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘Jingle Bells’.
As anyone with a passing knowledge of Mr Lee - best known most recently for playing Saruman The White in Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies – will know, this is far from his first dalliance in the world of metal.
And neither is it his first dalliance in the world of Christmas metal.
He released ‘A Heavy Metal Christmas’ in 2012, and then ‘A Heavy Metal Christmas Too’ in 2013.
The latter featured the single ‘Jingle Hell’, which reached 18 in the Billboard chart.
This latest single, produced through Lee’s own metal label Charlemagne Productions, also features the actor thrashing out a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ on the b-side.
Lee first fully embraced the scything guitars of heavy metal in 2010, when he unleashed the album ‘Charlemagne: By The Sword and The Cross’.
Earlier this year, he also released a seven-track EP called ‘Metal Knight’.
Lee has been recording since the 80s, lending his voice to operatic pieces from as early as 1986.
“My great grandparents were opera singers,” he told BBC 6Music, “so I suppose you could say it’s genetic. I inherited an instrument.”
Image credits: Rex/Charlemagne Productions