Earlier this year, veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee released his latest metal album, and a lot of people were confused. The 92-year-old is known for his role in Lord of the Rings and for playing Dracula in the Hammer horror series, but not so much as the operatic voice of a metal band.
Today, Lee released a very special holiday song, “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing,” which uses the melody from “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” This video offers a nice walk through all his epic holiday tunes, and teases the new track at the end. The song follows up his 2013 holiday hit, “Jingle Hell,” which charted on Billboard last year, and made him the oldest musician to ever chart.
The carol is downright jolly, and a bit of a change from the arch melodies of songs like “The Bloody Verdict of Verden.” Yes, it’s even a bit cheesy, but Sir Christopher Lee is 92 and more metal than you.
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