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MemeOk, so who do you feel is the MOST METAL of them all? Ozzy the Prince of Darkness and Grandfather of MEtal, Lemmy of Motorhead, Dio (May he rest in the halls of which he sang), maybe even Billy from Testament or Randy Blythe from LoG? All of these frontmen are brutal and vicious singers in their own ways, and I am not saying none are contenders, but I submit this name to you, oh questioning readers:

Christopher Lee

If you are unaware who this prestigious gentleman is, Here is a little about him from his official Wiki page:

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, (born 27 May 1922) is an English actor and singer. Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films. His other notable roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).

He was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013.[1][2][3] Lee considers his best performance to be that of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973).[4]

Always noted as an actor for his deep, strong voice, he has, more recently, also been known for using his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998 and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013.[5][6] He was honoured with the “Spirit of Metal” award in the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.

HOLY FUCK. The man just turned 92, and he is more metal than any of you. He traces his lineage all the way back to Charlemagne, was the OG fanger Dracula, played Saruman in the LOTR Trilogy, made Hammer Studios what they were (with Peter Cushing, lets not forget), is an original Star Wars actor, and with his newest release, the Metal Knight EP released YESTERDAY (HINT HINT), he even managed to make the tragically romantic Don Quixote more metal than half the TRVE CVLT bands out there. That guy had terrible eyesight and a white knight complex from hell, and had to have his Tonto save him from a WINDMILL.

A little on Metal Knight:

This album marks Christopher Lee’s 5th overall full album for himself, after Charlemagne:By the Sword & the Cross, Charlemagne: the Omens of Death, A Heavy Metal Christmas, and A Heavy Metal Christmas Too, and is themed after inspiration from the stage play “The Man From La Mancha“, a play about the lovelorn hero, Don Quixote. Lee calls the man “…the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.“.

The album is closer to operatic power metal, with a heavy stage type delivery. Don’t come in looking for soaring highs, screams, growls, or any other modern crap, Lee delivers heavy, atmospheric vocals that could easily have their own stage show, The music is all guts and glory, with several shred moments and great rhythm sections. Prepare your sorry corpses for war, for at signal, we march to our Doom!

So, at 92, with the distinction of being the “Spirit of (Fucking) Metal”, having performed songs with Rhapsody of Fire and Inner Terrestrials, the lineage to prove how awesome he really is, and having hung out with Rasputin (The insane Russian, no matter where you read about him, and ALMOST immortal), I put forth that Sir Christopher Lee is the baddest, most Metal Knight ever. EVER.

And why do I say that? BECAUSE NO ONE ASKS ME. Now go practice in the abandoned rectory, you pansies!

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