Christopher Lee – The Bloody Verdict of Verden

Did you know that Christopher Lee sings metal?

No, I didn’t know about him singing metal at all.

But it turns out that as part of the celebrations for his 90th birthday, Lee is releasing a second heavy metal album titled Charlemange: The Omens of Death. And not too long ago, he released a music video for The Bloody Verdict of Verden, a single from his debut album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.

Lee’s singing is intercut with clips of the musicians — both classical and heavy metal — against Gothic and fiery backdrops.

Here’s how he got involved in metal:

“I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a band called Rhapsody. 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 fascinated by this, cause in terms of the 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.”

As for what Lee has to say about his upcoming album:

“When I was approached to do the first Charlemagne album, By the Sword and the Cross, it is heavy metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic. Now on the second one, The Omens of Death, it is 100 percent heavy metal. I’ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal. I’m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely 100 percent heavy metal.”

You have to admit that doing metal at the age of 90 sounds really impressive. The passion for metal knows no bounds with him.


YAM Magazine contributor, has a B. Sc. degree in Science/Pharmacy and is a very lazy person.

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