Last heard covering Sinatra’s My Way on his heavy metal album, Metal Knight, 92-year-old actor Sir Christopher Lee, also known as Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is continuing his tradition of releasing another metal holiday single just in time for Christmas.
Titled Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing the song is a take on the Christmas classic Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. “It’s light-hearted, joyful and fun. It’s a band singing on how metal should be played, the effect it has on the band and its listeners,” Sir Christopher explained, as reported by Blabbermouth.
On the track, Lee worked once again with guitar prodigy Hedras Ramos as well as Prog Rock Orchestra’s Brook Hansen. Fantastically, the song contains the lyric, “Glory to the metal king!”
A classically trained singer, Lee’s first symphonic metal album, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, was released in 2010. Since then, he released a follow-up, the even heavier Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, and 2012’s A Heavy Metal Christmas.
Last year his track, Jingle Hell, went on to chart on the Billboard 100 at number 22, making him the oldest living performer, at age 91, to earn this distinction surpassing Tony Bennett.
A prolific actor, known also for his appearances as Dracula as well as string of other villains such as Bond baddie Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun, and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, Sir Lee was awarded the “Spirt of Metal” award at a Heavy Metal awards night in 2010.
The single Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing is available for purchase on iTunes but you can hear a snippet of it as well as some of his previous releases in the video below.