The news of Sir Christopher Lee’s passing hit today. He was the man. I’m sure you can find a sorts of tribute posts out there detailing why, and you should, bust aside from being the first Dracula I ever came to know, helping to usher in my love of horror, Christopher Lee also holds a special place in my metal heart. I was going to do a round up of his contributions to metal music but Noisy has already covered it for the most part in their awesome (and emotional) write up. Suffice to say, Christopher Lee has touched on so many of the things that inspire me and did it all with such humility, class and grace. The world lost a true legend.
When I think of Christopher Lee and metal I instantly think of his involvement with Rhapsody. While he did sing on a couple Rhapsody singles, his role in this album is more of a narrator, though he does do some singing. But let’s back up a second. Rhapsody are the king of over the top, cheesed out power metal, or “symphonic metal” as Sir Christopher Lee likes to put it. Their albums typically deal with fantasy realms, sword and sorcery, and all things of that epic nature, and they give it their all. It would be comical if they weren’t so invested in it. Hell, it’s still kind of comical in all it’s cheese glory and that’s what I love most about it. Not to mention they just kill it musically. I defy you to find a better power metal guitarist than Luca Turilli. Now add Christopher Lee into the mix and you have sheer awesome. His voice is perfect in this setting and only helps to elevate the music to the outer limits of epicness that all power metal bands are striving for.
If you aren’t familiar with Rhapsody, I can’t think of a better time to give them a try. 93 years is a hell of a life and Christopher Lee rocked it like a champ. Here’s to him, the metal he loved and the life he lived. As he so distinctly put on one of his solo metal albums “Let Legend Mark Me as The King.”