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Power Metal: The Genre That Refuses To Die!

Bombastic. Anthemic. Loin-cloth-wearing. From Dio to DragonForce – and with even Sir Christopher Lee entering the fray – power metal still won’t be denied.

On June 7, 2015, Sir Christopher Lee passed away at the grand old age of 93. His obituaries rightly saluted him as a giant of British acting, and listed his towering onscreen achievements: Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster; Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels; Scaramanga in Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, pagan aristocrat Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man and even Muhammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, in Jinnah.

But few mentioned the unlikely left-turn this film titan made late in his life. From the mid-90s onwards, Lee built a parallel career as a heavy metal vocalist, initially as a guest narrator with Italian power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire before striking out on his own on via a series of concept albums based around the legend of King Charlemagne, with help from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner.

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